- Joe Norton
Extensive Sacrifices (6/7/2020)
First in a Study of Philippians 3:8-10
“Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:8).
Having emphasized that it is only by using Christ as a model that the Philippians can find unity and spiritual joy, the Apostle Paul uses himself to illustrate that sacrifices may be required to achieve such aspirations.
Paul gave up his family, position, and wealth so that he could not only have a knowledge of Jesus but also so that he could become an active servant in the Lord’s new ministry. He says those things were worthless in comparison to what he gained in Christ.
The apostle’s example is not lost on us today, even though we live two thousand years after he did: whatever we must give up to be “in Christ” is worth it when compared to the spiritual benefits we gain.