Philippians 3:7-11 Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
The Wondrous Cross
In these verses Paul writes that having a relationship with Christ is worth more than anything to him. Isaac Watts must have had a similar feeling when he wrote the hymn When I Survey the Wondrous Cross:
When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, save in the death of Christ, my God;
All the vain things that charm me most – I sacrifice them to His blood.
Were the whole realm of nature mine that were a present far too small:
Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.
In his book The Weight of Glory C. S. Lewis quotes John the Baptist’s statement that Christ must increase and “I” decrease. And then he adds, “For God has—nothing to give us but Himself; and He can give that only in so far as our self-affirming will retires and makes room for Him in our souls.”
In another of his books Arthurian Torso Lewis wrote; “An old saint, being asked whether it is easy or hard to love God, replied: ‘It is easy for those who do it.’” In Mere Christianity Lewis wrote, “The terrible thing, the almost impossible thing, is to hand over your whole self—all your wishes and precautions—to Christ. Until you have given up your “self” to Him you will not have a real self.
I think what blocks us from following God completely is when we change the verse from “Not my will but thine be done” into “Not thy will but mine be done.”
Prayer: Amazing Lord, let me remember who you are and also who I am. Your love for me helps me be who I am in this world. Help me be who you have made me to be, your child.