Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ
English Pastor John Flavel wrote in 1671, ‘Let me tell you, the whole world is not a theatre large enough to show the glory of Christ upon, or unfold a half of the unsearchable riches that lie in him. What shall I say of Christ? His excelling glory dazzles all comprehension, swallows up all expression. When we have borrowed metaphors from every creature that has excellence or lovely property in it, till we have stripped the whole creation bare of all its ornaments, and clothed Christ with all that glory; when we have even worn out our tongues in ascribing praises to him, alas! We have done nothing, when all is done.’
The merchant in search of fine pearls sold everything he had (Matt 13:45-46). He didn’t do this because the things he owned suddenly became worthless in themselves. He did it because he saw them in comparison to the pearl of surpassing value. Paul saw Christ in this way. This mindset can be ours too – not by trying to see other things as worthless but by turning our attention to Christ. Our counting everything else as loss will come as a consequence of knowing Him, of beholding His glory and worth, of seeing Him as He is. Press on to gain Him!
-Rich Pribbenow (Director, CO Brisbane)