We are bombarded continually with messages to buy this or watch that or join this group or better our lives by doing xyz. Because we innately want to get the most out of our investments, we look to find what will bring the most value. We are even told by the names of products how valuable they can be to us: Great Value, Prestigious, #1, Healthy Choice, etc.
The options are overwhelming to the point of paralyzing at times! I remember preparing for a new school year with my girls. The curriculum options were many; more than could possibly be done in the time we had. How do we decide what is of most value in the ways we invest our time and resources?
Paul explains in his letter to the Philippians that He already had the things of great value in his life: his heritage, his family, his education, his position, his own goodness to be a moral person. But after encountering Jesus personally, all of those valuable things became like rubbish to him. His perspective on what is truly valuable had changed. He said in Philippians 3:8,
"I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord."
The driving force of his life turned from persecuting Christians to becoming one who values knowing Jesus as his Master, his Lord, more than anything else. How did Paul's perspective change?
Paul met Jesus personally. That encounter changed everything.
I remember as a child hearing things about Jesus, but He wasn't real to me until I began to know Him personally. That happened as I spent time with Him in His Word. I would ask Him to explain truth to me, and He did. I would ask Him to live fully in me, through me, each day, and He does as I consciously realize His presence.
o I sit and read the Word all day, every day? No. But I do begin and end the day in prayer.
- I seek to make time to read His Word at least daily if not several times a day.
- I ask His advice on decisions, relationships, direction.
- I confess my selfishness and accept His forgiveness.
- I talk with Him as I stand in line, praying for the person in front of me, that they would know Him personally and be filled with His peace.
These things are not done out of obligation or expectation. They are the overflow of knowing Jesus personally that spills into every aspect of life! He becomes the lens for me to see life as He does. As I know Him more, I love Him more. He transforms me and my desires.
What is truly of surpassing value to us will be evident by how we use our time and resources.
Our family will know what has surpassing value to us. They will catch our joy of knowing Jesus if that is truly what fills us with joy.
I'd love to hear how Jesus has become of surpassing value to you. Will you share about it?
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