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 and is by faith. Philippians 3:7-9 (NIV)
There is nothing in life that compares with coming to know you. There is no place I would rather be than in your presence. There is nothing I would rather do than worship you. Above all else, I want to know and love and follow and serve you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. All the thoughts and opinions and values of this world are like garbage compared to the surpassing value of knowing you. The priority and pursuit of my life is to know you. I will follow you to where you lead me. I will go where you guide me. I will do what you ask of me. That is very good.
What will happen to you as you come to know me? I will be changed. I will be transformed. I will be made new. Not one of my thoughts, not one of my words, and not one of my actions will remain unchanged as I come to know you. Why is that? That is a very good question. You have caused me to think more deeply. I cannot come to know you and remain unchanged. As I come to know you I will become like you. I will think your thoughts. I will speak your words. I will do your deeds. Yes, you will.
What will others see as you come to know me? I will tell you what they won’t see. What’s that? They won’t see the old me. They won’t see a person who is chasing after all the world has to offer. They won’t see someone who has a continual desire for comfort and pleasure and possessions. They won’t see someone who is living for recognition and applause from the world. They won’t see a person who is living to secure power and prestige. Instead, it is my prayer and hope and belief that they will see you being lived out in and through my life because I am and will be continuing to come to know you. You will be living in and through me. They will see you, not me. Yes, they will as you keep on coming to know me. That will be very good.
Lord, it is the absolute priority of my life to come to know you. It is no great sacrifice for me to let go of everything so that I can come to know you. Nothing remotely compares in value with knowing you intimately. Change my life as I love, follow and serve you. Amen
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