Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


August 26, 2010

I don't know very much about tax law and accounting, but I've heard the phrase it's a "write off." Me thinks it's a way of taking a financial loss against one's gains. Hmmm, that can preach.

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, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ. - Philippians 3:8,9 TNIV

Paul was quite a guy; he had much to be confident about--social status, professional accomplishment--he wrote it all off! And he wants us to write it off, too. There is no value in trying to please God, in being "religious." None. There's only value, he came to believe and now teach, in knowing Christ. Christ made Paul worthwhile.
It isn't about who Paul is, it's about who he knows, Jesus Christ. What if we wrote it off too? Forget about achievements, pleasing God and pleasing others. Learn to trust Christ and him above all.
Dale Patterson