Philippians 3:7-9 - "But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, 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 is through faith in Christ--the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith."
It's all about Jesus. And to put it into a graphic perspective we can all understand, when Paul says he considers everything a loss and "rubbish" - the word "rubbish" is the Greek word "skubalon" which literally means garbage or poop. Yes, everything I have or have gained compared to knowing Jesus is nothing but poop. My educational degrees, my ordination, my material possessions, etc. ... compared to knowing Jesus is nothing but poop. Which means if you take Jesus away from me and my life - what am I left with?
That thought is both disgusting and awe-inspiring. It lowers all my accomplishments, all I have to the lowest of lows - a repulsive, stinky, foul, nasty low but raises Jesus to the highest of highs. It does not necessarily mean I can abuse and devalue all I have and have accomplished, I am grateful for all of that. But, more importantly, it raises who Jesus is and knowing Him through salvation to immeasurable heights.
This Sunday is all-worship Sunday - music, worship, communion, baptism, and fellowship. The reality of what Jesus means to me compared to my accomplishments will only raise the significance of this Sunday.
Wow! I can't wait!