How easy it is to get caught up in claiming our rights. Unfortunately we never realize that things we often claim as rights, are nothing more than gifts. Gifts graciously bestowed upon us by a loving God.
The Apostle Paul said that whatever gain he had, he counted it as loss, compared to knowing Christ. He willingly gave up everything inorder to know Christ and follow Him in obedience.
Are we as determined as the Apostle Paul? Are we willing to give up anything in order to really know Christ? …Comfort, Money, Convenience, Time, Friendships… So often we cling tightly to these gifts, claiming them as our right, unwilling to release them. When God desires that nothing would impede us from our knowledge of Him.
Is there something that is standing between you and your knowledge of Christ? Are you willing to count it as loss, to sacrifice it in order to know Christ more?
“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count 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 that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith-that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. – Philippians 3:7-11