Nothing Compares to This (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 244)
Philippians 3:8 (NLT)
Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ.
Each day when you wake up, you have two paths before you. You can focus on the inconsequential. Or you can remind yourself of what’s important and focus on that. When we fail to realize what really matters in life, we waste time with petty arguments and foolish distractions.
Oftentimes, it is the little things that we allow to get to us. A child makes a mess at breakfast and thus we are late for work. The cleaners misplace our clothes that we urgently need for a meeting. Our hair doesn’t set right the night before and we’re spending precious minutes trying to fix it. A friend calls with a problem that seemingly holds us up from other priorities.
It’s the little things in life that make us think everything is permanently ruined. In reality, however, it is these little things that actually don’t mean much. They have no bearing upon significant life and death issues. This is what Paul establishes in Philippians 3:8. He creates a dividing line between what counts and what doesn’t count. All the little things we get up in a tizzy about doesn’t compare to the joy of knowing and living in Christ.
There are numerous messages that bombard us each day from all different directions that attempt to get us focused on what everything else but what’s important. But every piece of news you hear isn’t actually breaking. Every new product or gadget that comes out is neither necessary nor needed. We have to make daily decisions in light of eternity. Determine how much what you’re doing or where you’re going will matter or what you’re worrying about is going to matter on the other side of life.
Too many of us live for things that don’t matter to the neglect of the things that do. Taking the view of Paul, we can live a much happier and stress-free life because nothing compares to being in Jesus, knowing Jesus, and living for Jesus. When we gain Christ, we can put everything in perspective. We’ll be less anxious about future events. And we’ll focus on the eternal instead of the inconsequential. Everything is meaningless, worthless, and insignificant compared to the joy of knowing Christ.
“Christianity happens when men and women experience the unwavering trust and reckless confidence that come from knowing the God of Jesus.”
— Brennan Manning