At One Community Church, we share words of reflection from one of our partners in the form of a devotional.  This week’s devotional was written by Keeyon Upkins.The Word:
“But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ…” Philippians 3:7-8 (NASB)

The Story:
As I sat in the audience at a recent Christian leadership conference, I asked myself, “What drives people to live a life completely poured out for God?”  After reading the verses above, it clicked within me that the key to living such a life is to count everything, positions, power, possessions, as a loss in comparison to the joy of knowing and serving Christ. Nothing can replace the gravity of having an authentic relationship with God. The only thing of supreme value is that which lasts, our salvation through Jesus.

The Reflection:
What in our lives are we giving equal or more value to than serving Christ?  What holds us back from serving Christ completely?

The Application:
This week, let us choose to give up some of those things that we are putting before our relationships with God.  What is hard for us to give up exposes what we still consider as gain.  Remember, everything is worthless compared to the gift of knowing and living for Christ.