“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.”
Philippians 3:8 NLT

If you were to place a price on the value of your salvation, how much would it cost? In our anchor text, Paul said that he counted everything he possessed as worthless compared to the value of knowing Christ. This means everything else falls short when compared to the gift of salvation.

It’s easy to conclude that Apostle Paul did not have much to lose, hence his proclamation. But, in verses 4-6, he listed all the things he lost as a result of following Christ. Also, historians say that Paul’s credentials would amount to having two doctorate degrees in our time. Yet, he was willing to throw it all away because he found a greater treasure.

Sometimes, we struggle with sustaining joy because we have not seen the worth of what we have.

Apostle Peter explained the value of our salvation by saying “for you know that you were not redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb” – 1 Peter 1:18-19 CSB

Your salvation is not a common thing. Silver and gold don’t compare to the blood of Christ shed for your sake. To paraphrase what Jesus said in Matthew 16:26, you get a better deal if you lose the whole world but save your soul by losing it to Christ.

So learn to esteem your life appropriately through the lens of salvation and not by earthly possessions. No matter the circumstances of your life on earth, you have an inheritance being kept for you in heaven.

Beloved, you are the envy of heaven’s angels (1 Peter 1:12). So, whatever you lose for the sake of Christ is worth losing because what you have gained in Christ is eternal.

A man who has everything and doesn’t have Christ has nothing. But, a man who has Christ and has nothing else has everything.

I have found a great treasure in Christ
I belong in Christ and He in me
I am a carrier of the Divine presence of God
And that’s enough for me.

Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 18:9-17, 2 Timothy 3:10-17, Proverbs 13:1-12, Nehemiah 10