Counting Everything as Loss

Yesterday, I was memorizing Philippians 1.  I kept reading and re-reading verse 21-23:

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh that means fruitful labor for me.  Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell.  I am hard pressed between the two.  My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.”

This made me wonder whether I truly hold Christ above all else in my heart. Am I so in love with Him that I would gladly leave all I know and love in this life to be with Him?  Am I actually eager to look upon His face?

How could I ever really know?  Sure, it’s one thing to say this from the safety of health and the appearance of security.  It’s a completely different thing to say this in the moment you feel your life slipping from you.  Who will I be then?  Panicked?  Afraid?  Excited?  Will I be ready for death new life?

I want to train now for that moment–fully surrendering to Him anything and everything that I know and love, “count[ing] everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Phil. 3:8), and eagerly anticipating the day He calls me home.

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
– Philippians 3:14


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