But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.
~ Philippians 2:7-10
This passage reminds me of several things: that I have recieved the righteousness of Christ through faith in Him from God, that as a beleiver I will take part in the resurrection but I also must join in with the sufferings of Christ, and that all things are rubbish and bad investments compared to knowing Jesus Christ.
As a believer I will have trials in my life that will seem horrible and cruel, but then I just need to remember all that Jesus suffered- the pain, separation from God, humiliation- and I know that all of those things are just drawing me closer to Him, my true Treasure!
How am I facing the hardships in my life today? Am I looking at them with eyes of faith? And how do I consider the ways of the world, all of the so called pleasures and treasures in them, compared to my relationship with the Lord Jesus?
Have a wonderful Monday!