Lose the Rubbish, Find the Treasure

But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 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 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I  do,  forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:7-14 NKJV

Thank you, Lord, for teaching me the worthlessness of everything else in comparison to knowing you and your ways. Not just knowing about,  but knowing – finding a personal relationship with our loving Savior and Lord. In seeing our old desires and motives die to be replaced with a desire for things eternal and truly valuable – what a blessing. In finding the value of a life loving and serving others, bringing your love to life in our actions, we bring the hope,  faith,  and love into this world that can fill the void,  fill the hunger of our hearts. Thank you, Jesus, for coming to live with us,  in us,  and through us. Continue to have your way, guide us,  teach us, and change us to be more like you – preparing us for our eternal destination. Amen.

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