The Deal of a Lifetime
Philippians 3:4-11

We made a decision to turn our wills and our lives over to the care of God.

When we think of turning our lives over to God, it's not unusual to try to polish up our credentials as best we can before presenting them to him. We look at all the worthwhile things we've done, how we've tried to be good, whatever we feel we have to offer. We don't really need to sort out the good from the bad. God doesn't care what's in the mix, as long as we give him the whole package.

Before Paul became a Christian he kept careful count of his "good deeds" and took pride in his ancestry. When he finally decided to turn his life over to the care of God, this is what he said: "I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, 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 and become one with him" (Philippians 3:7-9).

When we've made the decision to turn our will and our lives over to God, we need to give him our whole life with all its assets and liabilities. We can't earn his love by the "good stuff" in our lives any more than we can discourage his love by all the "bad stuff." It's a straight trade-in. We give him our whole life and being. He gives us complete forgiveness, love, redemption, and acceptance in the person of Jesus Christ. When we see what God is offering us and the little we have to offer him, it's clear that we're getting quite a deal!

God offers us far more than anyone could ever give in return.