Philippians 3:8 - Knowing God Is What Matters Most.

Philippians 3:8: Knowing God Is What Matters Most.

Philippians 3:8 (NLT) Yes, everything else is worthless when 
compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.  

Philippians 3:8 (AMP) I count everything as loss compared to the 
possession of the priceless privilege - the overwhelming preciousness, the 
surpassing worth and supreme advantage - of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, 
and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted 
with him, of perceiving and recognizing and understanding him more 
fully and clearly.   


   Youre never going to become a friend of God in your spare 
time. You have to make knowing God your number one priority in life. 
   Paul says it like this: Everything else is worthless when 
compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his 
sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so 
that I could gain Christ (Philippians 3:8 NLT). 
   Are you doing that? Are you seeking God with all your heart 
every day? 
   Remember: You are as close to God as you choose to be. 
Youre going to become a friend of God when you want to become a friend 
of God. 
   You cant blame anybody else. You cant blame your wife, 
your husband, your parents, or your kids. You are as close to God as 
you want to be. And if you feel far from God, guess who moved? You 
didnt make him the number one priority of your life. 
   Knowing and loving God is our greatest privilege. And being 
known and being loved by God is our greatest pleasure. 
   Ive noticed that you can tell whats important to people 
by what they brag about. If their kids are most important, they 
brag about their kids. If their job is the most important thing in 
their life, they brag about their job. If travel and having 
experiences is most important, thats what they talk about. If partying or 
buying new clothes is what you talk about most, guess what you value 
most? You brag about what you value most. 
   God says in Jeremiah 9:23-24, The wise should not boast of 
their wisdom, nor the strong of their strength, nor the rich of their 
wealth. If any want to boast, they should boast that they know and 
understand me (GNT). 
   Why? Because thats what life is all about. Knowing God is 
what matters most. The God of the universe loves you and wants to 
have a relationship with you. Getting close to God will give you 
peace and perspective. Now thats good news! [Daily Devotional by 
Rick Warren: https://pastorrick.com/devotional/] 


   Perhaps we've thought too much about the Kingdom as a place. 
Or maybe we've considered it a state of being. Perhaps we see it in 
terms of a conquest or an adventure or a future promise. And though it 
is multifaceted and surely a bit of all these things, we need to 
remember what is ultimately valuable in the Kingdom realm. Above all, it 
isn't an activity or a place or condition. Its a Person. 
Experiencing the Kingdom is all about knowing the King. 
   That is what Paul considered infinitely valuable, far above 
his background, his training, his ambitions, his activities - 
everything. Anything we can possibly possess or experience in life is 
worthless in comparison to knowing the King Himself. That's why Christian 
faith isn't a religion or a set of principles or a plan for behavior 
modification. It's a deeply mystical, relational, intimate connection with the 
Godhead that transforms us, fulfills us, and satisfies the One who made 
us for Himself. This is where our purpose in life intersects His 
purpose in creation. We become one with Him. 
   Make that your priority every single day of your life. 
Nothing else matters if this relationship isn't right. You won't 
experience all the fruit you were meant to bear, enjoy all the 
relationships you were meant to thrive in, or take as much territory for the 
Kingdom as you were designed to take. Like a boat on dry land or a car 
without gas, you'll be missing your primary function. You will fill your 
life with peripherals and be hollowed out at the center if the 
infinite value of knowing Jesus isn't infinitely valuable to you. 
Whatever it takes, dive into the depths of the relationship that matters 
   How? Spend time with Him. Have conversations with Him, 
leaving long silences for Him to speak and inspire and impress. Ask Him 
what's on His heart and listen for His answers. Treasure every word 
that He has spoken. Fill your life with knowledge of Him, and watch 
Him fill you with His presence. There is literally nothing more 
important. [The One Year Heaven On Earth Devotional by Chris Tiegreen] 

   Climbing the social and religious ladder was no longer Paul's 
focus - he was glad to "lose" his earthly awards, accolades and 
achievements. He considered them rubbish. However, there's a deeper, more 
serious reason he calls these things trash. Earthly accolades are 
dangerous. Social and religious props are downright deterrents to a fervent 
faith in his Savior. Paul will no longer allow himself to be defined 
by his earthly credentials; it's why he considers everything - the 
whole package - a loss compared to knowing Jesus. For him, it's Christ 
and Christ alone. 
   This speaks to me as a quadriplegic. I consider [a strong, 
sleek, athletic, and beautiful body] rubbish, that I may gain Christ 
and be found in Him. It's not only that I have lost these things; I 
simply recognize they were - and can be - disincentives to an intimate, 
lively and needy dependence on the Lord Jesus. 
   When an easy and trouble-free life entices us to place 
confidence in the flesh, when comfort zones breed self-assurance, it's high 
time we label these things rubbish. How highly do you value your 
appearance, background, abilities, and achievements? Do you lean on, cleave 
to, treasure, or secretly delight in them? Then you may be putting 
"confidence in the flesh." Happily toss those earthly props today on the 
trash heap. 
   Jesus, You are my confidence! I invite Your Spirit to kick 
the props out from under me if I lean on my appearance, abilities, 
or achievements. [Joni Eareckson Tada Daily Devotional: 


   I am your Treasure. I am immeasurably more valuable than 
anything you can see, hear, or touch. Knowing Me is the Prize above every 
other prize. 
   Earthly treasures are frequently hoarded, insured, worried 
over, or hidden for safekeeping. But the riches you have in Me can 
never be lost or stolen or damaged. On the contrary, as you freely 
share Me with others, you gain more of Me. Since I am infinite, there 
will always be more of Me to discover - and to love. 
   Your world often feels fragmented, with countless things - 
both large and small - vying for your attention. So much "stuff 
keeps getting in the way of enjoying My Presence. You are worried and 
troubled about many things, but only one thing is needed. When you make 
Me that one thing, you choose what will never be taken away from 
you. Rejoice in My continual nearness, and let your knowledge of Me 
put everything else in perspective. I am the Treasure that can 
brighten all your moments! (Phi. 3:10; Mat. 6:19; Luke 10:41, 42) [Jesus 
Always by Sarah Young] 





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