As Christians, we hear a lot about counting things as loss for Christ. I never really understood what that meant until I read today’s Scripture.
“But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Phew! That was a lot, huh? I know that seeing a lot can make it really daunting to uncover what God is trying to tell us. I am by no means perfect, and I do not pretend to know everything there is to know about Scripture. What I can tell you, though, is what I learned through today’s reading.
The take away is…
Pay special attention to the first three verses: “7But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9and be found in Him…”
I felt the message here was fairly simple. What things I thought were important to me, I have to let go of, or “count as loss,” for Christ. But those things I have “lost” are nothing in comparison to what I receive by giving it to Him. We must lose things to find Christ.
We must lose our expectations for our lives, our plans, our desires. Because it is all for Him and His glory, not ours.
In the last few months, I have experienced a lot of frustration. I was so frustrated that the goals I had for myself were not happening, that the jobs I really wanted I wasn’t getting an opportunity for. But when I let go of what I thought “the plan” was for me, when I calmed down and came to peace with our life as it is, when I became content, when I began to truly listen to God, amazing things happened. But I had to give up me.
So here’s my question for you: what do you need to “count as loss”?