Just Give Me Jesus

August 12, 2016 | Tags:

“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…”

-Philippians 3:7-8a NASB

As we study the journey the Apostle Paul walked with Jesus, we see an example of a man who realized the only good thing he had was the Lord Jesus Christ. A former Pharisee, well-schooled in Jewish Law and the supposed righteousness that comes from obeying the Law, he understood that nothing good lived in him, no matter how perfectly he followed the Law. All his life’s accomplishments before Christ were “rubbish” (Philippians 3:8) because he saw his works before his life in Christ the way God saw them, “like a filthy garment” (Isaiah 64:6). Nothing good lived in him before he saw the light of truth in the Lord Jesus Christ.

When he writes to the church in Philippi in this chapter, he is reflecting on all the supposed “righteousness” of his past, and realized what a loss it truly was compared to knowing Christ. He no longer cared for the things of the world–power, influence, prestige, money, in other words, self. He only cared about knowing Christ. Following Him. Suffering according to His will. And the fellowship that comes from suffering in Christ. His life was like a banner that waved, “Just give me Jesus.”

There’s a popular Christian song by Jeremy Camp that is called by the same name. The lyrics go, “Give me Jesus, give me Jesus, you can have all this world, just give me Jesus.”

If you are in Christ today, could you too wave a banner over your head that says, “Just give me Jesus”? Or are you not sure? If you are not sure, Dear Friend, get before the Lord to see what may be holding you back. Is there something more valuable to you than Jesus? Find out what it might be, then lay it at the cross before the Lord. What you hold onto in this world will indeed hold you back, but if you give up everything for Jesus, you have more to gain than you can possibly imagine.

By Courtney Silberman

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