About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
"But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss
for the sake of Christ. What
is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of
knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I
consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ ..." (Philippians 3:7 -
The above statement was written by the Apostle Paul, a
former Pharisee and possible member of the ruling class of Jews known as
the Sanhedrin. Prior to
meeting Jesus on his way to
How do you live with loss?
How have you dealt with the loss of a loved-one, a job, an
investment, a house, a car, or whatever?
Let us see how Paul survived the loss of all that was meaningful in
Paul said that he had lost all things.
He considered all the things he lost garbage (Philippians 3:8).
How could he have come to the place in his life where he could
exist apart from his perceived reason to live?
He said that knowing the surpassing greatness of Christ Jesus his
Lord more than compensated for the loss of his reason to live.
You might think that Paul had an advantage over most of
us in living with loss. He met
the resurrected Jesus in a very powerful and dramatic way.
He had numerous visions and revelations that provided him a new
reason to live. Few of us have
been so blessed. On the other
hand, few of us have suffered for our association with Jesus as Paul did.
I doubt that we would have handled Paul's losses with the grace we
see in Paul's life.
However you view Paul's life in comparison to your life,
he had a life-long trusting relationship with Jesus his Lord that enabled
him to live with the loss of all that was meaningful in his life.
He could not only endure the loss, he could rejoice in the loss and
the hardships he encountered because of his association with Jesus.
I know you have heard this over and over again as
Christians, but if you have not submitted and trusted your life to Jesus
your Lord, you may struggle with living with loss.
It is the message the Evangelical church has preached for a couple
of centuries, but it's a message that has not been realized in the daily
lives of many Evangelicals. Our
life does not always match our words.
Being a Christian is not a matter of simply saying you are a
Christian. It is not a matter
of adopting a Biblical belief system.
It is not some kind of imaginative mindset we have invented over
the years. Being a Christian
is being in a trusting relationship with the resurrected Jesus via His
Holy Spirit. Experiencing the
reality of Jesus in our lives will, beyond any doubt, compensate for any
loss you will ever incur in your life.
Whether it is the loss of your health, your finances, your friends,
or your family, or whatever, experiencing the surpassing greatness of
Christ Jesus your Lord more than compensates for any loss you could