Gains For Christ!
If you were to analyze the focus of your life up to this point, what would be your driving ambition? Are you a goal orientated person who can pinpoint where you want to be in the next 5 to 10 years? Is your “bucket list” filled up to the brim with trips, purchases, thrills and memories? Perhaps on the other spectrum you find it hard to plan out the next week let alone the next five years. It is possible you don’t aim for the “big things of life,” but would rather just like to settle in, stay comfortable, and not push the boundaries. Life is more about comfort and relaxation not so much thrill and glory. Yet, perhaps whatever our personality type, is it possible that we are guilty of wanting the same things?
What happens if our lives turn out to be only all about us? Is it possible to get caught up in the prevailing attitudes of society without realizing that we are forgetting what is truly most important? Perhaps the words of the apostle Paul can help us refocus where we are in life if we have begun to compromise with God.
"For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead."
Today I leave you with this very small but important thought. Is your life consumed with personal gain or are you loosing out on life lived for Christ? How much of our focus is on personal wins and how much are we willing to sacrifice to win Him?
Kyle Wilson is commended with his wife to full time service in Nicaragua, from the assembly that meets in Carleton Gospel Hall, Vancouver. He is in fellowship in the assembly in El Valle, and has three young children.