Philippians 3:7-12 (NIV) 7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 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 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
Paul gives us further insight into his freedom–everything is a loss for Christ’s sake. He loses to gain, he loses to participate, he loses to become, ultimately, he loses to win. The way to win is to lose–or the way you win another person to Christ is to lose yourself in Christ. Are there things about us, our character, our personality, our preferences, our choices, our lifestyles that distort or take away from the gospel message we want to share? Then let’s consider it a loss for the sake of Christ, let’s consider everything a loss, because positionally in Christ, this is already our reality; but may it become more of our experiential reality, that we live out what it means that Christ owns us.
Let’s pray today, “God, may I take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me” and begin to lose what gets in the way. Pray also for those in your ministry group that we would lose everything to win everyone. Let’s also worship with the song, “My All in All” (click here).