Forsaking All for Him
8Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gainChrist9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—10that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. —Philippians 3:8-11
Wherever there is life, there is a continual interchange of taking in and giving out, receiving and restoring. The nourishment I take in is given out again in the work I do; the impressions I receive, in the thoughts and feelings I express. The one depends on the other—the giving out ever increases the power of taking in. In the healthy exercise of giving and taking is all the enjoyment of life.
It is so in the spiritual life too. There are Christians who look on its blessedness as consisting all in the privilege of ever receiving; they do not know how the capacity for receiving is only kept up and enlarged by continual giving up and giving out—how it is only in the emptiness that comes from the parting with what we have, that the divine fullness can flow in. it was a truth our Savior continually insisted on. When He spoke of selling all to secure the treasure, of losing our life to find it, of the hundredfold to those who forsake all, He was expounding the need of self-sacrifice as the law of the kingdom for Himself as well as for His disciples. If we are really to abide in Christ, and to be found in Him—to have our life always and wholly in Him—we must each in measure say with Paul, “I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord . . . that I may win Christ, and be found in him (vv.8-9).
With the growth of the Christian life there comes the want of a deeper and more entire purging out of everything that is unholy. And it is especially when the desire to abide in Christ uninterruptedly, to be always found in Him, becomes strong, that the soul is led to see the need of a new act of surrender, in which it afresh accepts and ratifies its death to sin in Christ and parts indeed with everything that is sin. Availing himself, in the strength of God’s Spirit, of that wonderful power of our nature by which the whole of one’s future life can be gathered up and disposed of in one act of the will, the believer yields himself to sin no more—to be only and wholly a servant of righteousness. He does it in joyful assurance that every sin surrendered is gain indeed—room for the inflowing presence and the love of Christ.—Andrew Murray
- When was the last time I felt compelled to examine what sinful habits I need to surrender to the Lord?
- Who do I have in my life to help me see those habits I need to surrender?
Prayer – Father God, thank You for your whole-hearted faithfulness to me. Thank You that what my flesh can never perform, Your grace will complete in abundance. Show me where I am not abiding in You. Forgive me when I stubbornly refuse to acknowledge my bad behavior as sin and help me by You Spirit surrender it gladly to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.