Pastor Mark Jeske
One of the most stressful but important times in a company’s business year is audit time. Trained analysts descend on the offices and compare the company’s published financials with actual bank and investment statements and issue an opinion of the company’s stated financial health.
St. Paul occasionally performed a self-audit, not of finances or personal possessions, but of spiritual wealth. “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” (Philippians 3:7-9).
Everything tangible in our lives will be left behind when we die and ultimately burned up on the Last Day. Rank, special awards and titles, and an elegant house will soon pass away. What matters is one’s personal relationship with Jesus, for that will last into eternity. You could be penniless, but your heavenly balance sheet would show that you are a spiritual millionaire.
The British poet and pastor Isaac Watts took personal inventory of his life and identified the triumphant cross of Christ as his greatest treasure:
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride.
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