Reading: Philippians 3:8
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
No man can produce a resume that qualifies him for the great work of the Kingdom of God.
Paul could site the privilege of birth, a lawful life, a stellar education, recognition in the highest levels of government, and the reputation as a rising star in Jerusalem. Yet Paul says such lofty credentials are to be considered as “dung” when compared to the greatness of the knowledge of Christ.
The late Malcolm Muggeridge achieved fame, respect, notoriety, and wealth as he captured his readers with wit and intelligence. He came to Christ in the late years of his life and stated that his lofty achievements were a “positive impediment when compared to one drop of living water which only Christ can give.” We often say of some talented musician or popular star, “If only they were saved – they could do such great things for God.”
While we should be zealous for all men to be saved, we’re wrong to think that greatness is dependent on anyone’s talents. God can raise up rocks and stones to praise Him. He uses the weak and lowly, ignoring the strong and confident.
Greatness begins for us when we confess that we are hopeless sinners. It is only at this point that God has something He can work with.
Reposted with permission from onehope.net.