“Paul was the quintessential example of devaluing everything because of how much he treasured Christ. He suffered brutal shipwrecks and bloody beatings, lashings and imprisonments, starvation and snake bites, thirst, discomfort, loss, loneliness, and pain all because Jesus was worth it (2 Corinthians 11:23-28).
Jesus was better than safety.
Jesus was better than health.
Jesus was better than food.
Jesus was better than friends.
Paul counted everything as loss because Jesus was so much better than EVERYTHING.”
You and I, we have to look at our lives and ask ourselves, Do I do that? Do I live like Jesus is better than my phone? Is Jesus better than my body? Is Jesus better than makeup? Is Jesus better than sports? Would I gladly give it all up, without hesitation, for Jesus? Would I really?”
Paul counts all the things he has done, all the pursuits he had personally, all the desires he would like to see become reality, as loss. He counts it all, EVERYTHING, as loss and leaves it behind in order to be free to pursue Christ, to know Him. He counts EVERYTHING as loss to minister others toward Jesus without anything holding him back. But he doesn’t count that loss as a negative. Paul is ecstatic to be able to take part in the pursuit of the Cross at the expense of every other pursuit he could ever seek.