What is the one thing that matters most to you in your life?
Paul was someone who was intelligent. He was on the path to greatness amongst the Jewish people. He knew his stuff and he knew it. He had so many reasons he could have boasted, so many ways in which he was the Creme de la creme of society in those days. He had everything done properly, being circumcised, being the right tribe, and had had so much enthusiasm for his faith that he had gone far.
And yet he says that he considers those things to be garbage compared with having Christ and being found in him.
It’s a bit like saying that I was a perfect child and got straight As throughout school, before acting the lead in the school play, getting Grade 8 in ten instruments and also being a YouTube star at the same time. Then I went to Oxford and then Harvard. I got a top job and earn a packet and go on all the poshest holidays. But actually, these things don’t matter. Because it’s all about Jesus.
Paul’s enthusiasm was transferred to his Christian faith, to spreading the Gospel, and building the church. What would change if that was your focus in life, that you put all your energy and enthusiasm into what really matters in life and you lived as if nothing else was as important?
And even Paul hasn’t quite made it yet – he’s still trying to get there. He’s pressing on towards the goal, trying to do the best he can, keeping on keeping on. That’s something we can all do, no matter what our gifts and talents might be.
Lord God, thank you for all that you’ve made me be. Thank you that you are the one thing that really matters in life. Help me live as if that is really true. Amen.
What might need to change in your life if you’re going to put God first?