But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
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
and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness
from God that depends on faith—
that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,
that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
Coming Home: Timeless Wisdom for Families, Dr. James Dobson tells the legend of the Taj Mahal, one of the most beautiful and costly tombs ever built.
In 1629, when the favorite wife of Indian ruler Shah Jahan died, he ordered that a magnificent tomb be built as a memorial to her. The Shah placed his wife’s casket
in the middle of a parcel of land, and construction of the temple literally began around it.
Several years into the venture, however, the Shah’s grief for his wife gave way to an overwhelming passion for the building project.
One day while he was surveying the site, he reportedly stumbled over a wooden box, and he had some workers throw it out.
Only months later did he realize that his wife’s casket had been destroyed. The original purpose for the memorial became lost in the details of construction.
Just as that Indian rule lost sight of his purpose, it’s easy for us forget the real reason that we are here.
Paul said that he was willing to forget and forsake everything else in his life in order to accomplish one simple, but eternally transformational thing, knowing
“that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings,
becoming like him in his death,” (Philippians 3:10).
Keep your eyes fixed and your heart focused on knowing and pleasing Jesus.
Have a great day, and keep moving forward!
Posted on 11/18/2013
by Dr. Stephen Rummage filed under