Winning through Losing

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Thursday, October 24, 2019

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.

During the 2018 Season of the National Football League (NFL), former cornerback of the Buffalo Bills retired in the middle of the game. Davis, then 30, a ten-year veteran, quit his team at half time as they trailed the Los Angeles Chargers, 28-6. After that decision, Davis received many criticisms from teammates, other players in the league, the media, and the fans. Many people called him a quitter. Some called him a loser.

One year later, Davis gave an interview to ESPN Brendan Meyer and said he had no regrets about his decision. Davis felt that he won his freedom from the rigidity of living the life of a pro athlete. Whereas playing professional football in the NFL is considered a great achievement by some people, Davis felt that he was losing himself as a professional football player. He quit football so he can regain himself.

In today’s text, Paul tells the Philippians that he gave up everything in his former life as a Pharisaic zealot for the sake of Christ. This was an unimaginable thing for a Pharisee to do. Paul gave up his social status, his faith in the Jewish religion, his political connections, and the financial rewards for being a legal expert for the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus.

Paul’s decision to forego worldly gains for the sake of Christ was not easy. He suffered greatly for his faith. His biography of imprisonment and lashings attests to his commitment and zeal for Christ. Paul was confident that nothing in this world could compare to the privilege of knowing Christ and advancing the gospel.

Many Christians struggle to give themselves totally to the service of God because of their social status or their affluence, or they feel beholden to their career. They fail to realize that it is in losing the things of this world they could gain a purpose-driven life. When we prioritize God over everything else, we gain more than we could ever lose.

Some Christians are stressed by their corporate jobs, yet they refuse to let it go because of the income they earn. They complain about not having time to serve in their local church or help feed the hungry, or serve the homeless, or spend time with their children. When God provides an opportunity for them to do something more meaningful that may not be as financially lucrative, they forego the opportunity.

The question before us today is, do we consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus? If we say yes, then are we willing to make God’s kingdom service a priority instead of an after-thought? Can God count on us to be available to do his will?

Many of us have to stop treating our faith journey as just another item in our busy calendar. We have to stop treating God as if he needs an appointment to spend time with us. Instead of trying to fit God’s kingdom-work around our busy calendar, we have to create a calendar that prioritizes our service to God. After all, our blessings come from God. He is the source of our prosperity and the agent of our affluence.

God has given us all spiritual gifts to do His kingdom work. What do you need to consider as a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus? One thing I know for sure, we will never be able to beat God’s giving no matter how hard we try. The more we give up for Christ, the more we will gain in return. For it is in losing for Christ that we gain the inexplicable treasures of heaven.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, teach us to prioritize you over anything the world has to offer. Please give us the courage to consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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