Today in my studies I came across Philippians 3:7-9. It says, “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.”
We spend so much time going after money, going after material possessions, and chasing after our own ideas. Personally, I am not a material possession chaser. In the past when I saw this verse I would think to myself, “I’m good here! I don’t enjoy money. It has brought nothing but hurt my way. I do not desire material things either. I have conquered this verse.” But God spoke to me in that still quiet voice and said, “What about your ideas?”
Wow!!! It was like a brick came out of the sky and nicked me on my head just enough to make me stop reading and pause. I have ideas and lots of them. Some of my ideas I have pursued are from Jesus himself, but not all of them. Many of them are super good awesome great things that I thought would be helpful. Many times they didn’t work out as planned and sometimes they did. You may be wondering, “What’s the problem here? I’m sure you didn’t hurt anyone with those ideas. It probably benefited some people. It’s all good; isn’t it?” I would say to that, “Sort of … to an extent.
This verse says that whatever I gain is a loss and it is garbage. All “my” ideas are coming from a righteousness of my own. They are my “good and great” things. My things are not eternal. When I get to heaven it will be like I never did them. I can’t trade them in for life in eternity. And if there is a currency in heaven? … ever heard of the crowns of glory? Then I am not investing my time well here on earth. I am making a bad investment. All my time here on earth doing GOOD and GREAT things will leave me at the bottom of the totem pole in heaven, which probably won’t be that bad. But how much better will it be to not be at the bottom but to be God’s right hand man for all of eternity! Think of it! It is better than being Bill Gates or Michael Dell’s right hand man. And how many of us would love to be their best friends?! Being best friends with God is the currency we need to be striving for. His currency, his ideas, his possessions last forever. It is the best stock anyone could invest in. It is the best boat ride you could ever enjoy. It is the most fulfilling service you could do for anyone. It is an eternal investment. What you are working on right now will burn up in a few years. It will break and be put in the trash. It will be spent and you will have to find more. It will be stolen and leave you with nothing.
Here is a wild, but very wise idea. Trade it in. Trade it in for the currency that will never burn, never brake, can not be stolen and will never leave you! Trade it in for the everlasting eternal currency Christ Jesus our Lord. If you don’t know how to get a hold of that currency? Ask me. I have tons that I am willing to give away for free.