Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Nothing Else Compares
“Nothing Else Compares”
By Zach Wood
“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God is by faith.”
These words of Paul have really inspired me this week and want to share with you all as we look this week more about what we’re thankful for. While Thanksgiving time should be all year around, we really need to take time to be reminded what we have and all that we should be thankful for. While it’s wonderful to have such great families, friends and things in our lives, we need to be reminded that God has given us everything we need.
Paul looks at all he has accomplished in his life and all that he has, but then he clearly shares that all these great things in life are nothing compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Jesus Christ personally and following Him. Paul came to a point where nothing in the world meant anything more than what Christ had become to him. He found contentment through Christ and that everything else in his life was considered a loss if Christ was not his priority.
What will it take for us to feel the way Paul did? When will we come to a realization that nothing in the world matters more than Jesus? We easily say He is number one priority, but so often our lives say the exact opposite. This is a daily battle and challenge. We must surrender our lives to Him every day and hold onto Him more than we hold on to the relationships and things we hold so dear.
Is Jesus our treasure chest? Do we seek Him more than anything else we desire? When we think of all our accomplishments, our relationships, our inheritances, or whatever else we have in our lives that we’ve accumulated, how do they compare to how much Christ means to us? Are they more or is He the ultimate longing for us?
May Christ alone be the treasure chest we solely desire to seek.