But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What 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 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 on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Philippians 3:7-11
God continues to take this verse and strip me with it. For those things that I thought were gains—my strengths—all those things I deemed important and valued so much or rather used to place value, I am learning to consider losses. To rid myself. To give them up—to give up such a mindset for the mindset of loving and following Jesus Christ. For all else is nothing. I considered it a gain even to be “used” by God, but I am finding that even that is not how He measures my life but instead by bringing Him glory and doing so in love and obedience. He made each of us for a purpose with a plan in mind though it isn’t necessarily my plan and it may or may not have to do with “use”.
Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for disposal of refuse? (Romans 9:21) In the words of Oswald Chambers, “Jesus never measured His life by how or where He was of the greatest use. God places His saints where they will bring the most glory to Him, and we are totally incapable of judging where that may be.”
So whether I am made for noble purpose or for disposal of refuse, either way, I aim to bring glory to God with my life I must listen to the still quiet whisper and obey. The whisper that says come or go or even stay—that tells me when to speak and when to be silent but all along tells me to do so in love. And all other things–garbage. For if I don’t know Jesus Christ then what meaning does anyof this even have?