What I Value is where I find my Value
January 3, 2019 | Timothy Peace
Paul writes, in Philippians 3:7, “… whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.” He says this in light of the previous few verses in which he details his credentials as an esteemed Pharisee. It is common for us to read verse seven, reflect inwardly, and ask the question, “does anything I aim to do, to be, to achieve, to strive for have any value?” I’ve met people who, based off of this verse will write off any notion of attempting to accomplish things in life as meaningless because “whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ” renders them so. I’d encourage us, at the start of the New Year, to rethink this interpretation. Yes, indeed, Paul is saying that in comparison to Christ everything else is worthless, but it is equally valid that the giftedness God has bestowed on us and the talents and the passions we have are given more significant meaning when they are rooted in Christ. Paul did not stop being a Pharisee, he didn’t ditch his vast knowledge of the scriptures, and he didn’t lose his zeal. That said, the grace he experienced through Jesus, redeemed, redirected, and reoriented Paul’s attributes, and God put them to work for His purposes.