Grow to Know

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
— Benjamin Franklin

If you've ever moved before you know the importance of downsizing. There's been plenty of times where I've planned to move into a new place, but didn't want to go through the hassle of moving all of my stuff. Like it or not, it had to be done, I had to downsize. I'm sure for all of us, we've had moments where we've had to get rid of things. Perhaps cleaning out an old closet, or going through a storage unit, we’ve all gone through the task of compromising and consolidating.  As much as we'd like to keep everything, we just can't! There are times in life when the next place we want to go, doesn't have room for all the stuff we have.

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.
— Philippians 3:8 (ESV)

The devotion of Paul in this passage is something we can all learn from. Not just his boldness and his passion, but his heart. His motives were always pure and holy before God. He knew that everything in life was nothing in comparison to knowing Jesus. If he was going to whole-heartedly follow Jesus, there were some things he couldn't take with him. Oh that we could live with this understanding! I'm sure for Paul this was something he had to grow into. There was a process attached to his devotion. Notice that he mentions nothing of being blessed by God in terms of money or in resources. He looks at Jesus as the ultimate blessing and the ultimate gift. It was because God loved the world that He gave us Jesus (John3:16), but do we authentically value that blessing? When we get a glimpse of Jesus, we realize how much our Father loves us and how generous He is towards our lives!

With so much going on in the world today it can be easy to get caught up in valuing the wrong things. Between the nonstop political debates on television and the endless advertisements of consumerism, our hearts can push and rush towards objects that have no eternal value. Again, there's nothing wrong with having nice things, but when those things begin to have us, we're in trouble. For us to increase our value of God, we've got to simultaneous lessen our value of material things. For some this is friendly reminder, for others this is a key that will unlock incredible freedom and fulfillment. You and I can know today, that Jesus is our greatest joy, our ultimate gift, and our source of never-ending strength and love! He really is the way, the truth and the life!