“Everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8 NLT).
In my line of work, value is a huge component of what I do. We have to ascertain the value of properties in my work in real estate. I have had to value projects and have had to put various funds thru various valuation models in order to compare outcomes. What is important in each scenario, is knowing what variable or component contributes to the value how much and why.
Isn’t it odd how we let the littlest things take our joy and happiness? Somebody cuts me off in traffic, usually at a snail’s pace in the left lane, and I fly off into fits of rage and in doing so let my happiness go. It is sometimes the littlest things that affect us the most yet they do not really matter. They do not contribute to value.
Paul says here in Philippians 3: 7-8 that “7But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my LORD, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ,”
All things are worthless when compared to knowing Jesus Christ. The contributory value of all things is nothing when you measure the value of knowing Jesus Christ.
We all had “more important” things to us before we met Jesus Christ. It could have been work, career, making money, finding a mate or wanting to be popular. It could be we wanted to be famous or be secure. Paul tells us these things do not matter when compared to the joy of knowing Jesus.
One pondering question I like to ask others and myself is “how much will this matter in 100 years? 100 years from now, no one will care how much money I made or what I did for a living or how cool I was. And, I’m really cool. LOL. Sorry about that. How much of what I am worrying about right now will matter tomorrow. Probably won’t matter tomorrow much less in the grand scheme of eternity. I hope maybe in 100 years somehow someone will know how much I cared. They will know that I loved God. They will know I loved all others and served both Him and them.
We can choose to live in the light of eternity. That is a key valuation variable and possibly the only variable to consider when valuing what counts and what does not.
“The Value is not what you Know about God but in KNOWING God! Our value statement must be founded upon the burning desire of knowing God!”