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7But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 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 gain Christ9and 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 3:7-11
Do you know how to right-size everything? What keeps all things in proper proportion in your life? The standard we use to measure the value or importance of anything makes all the difference. Paul had the right idea: “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.”
If you get stuff out-of-size? That leads to a lot of problems.
If you let things that are trivial become big? That’s a problem.
If you let things that are unimportant become large? That’s a problem.
If you let things that are eternal become small? That’s also a problem.
The key in all of this is right-sizing everything. Now, how do you do that exactly?
I remember when I was a kid and we toured around the United States for the first time. My dad was a schoolteacher so we had summers off. And I’ll never forget—I was in elementary school—just walking up to what I thought was some rocky area. And all of a sudden, right before my eyes was the Grand Canyon. I was SHOCKED by the immense vista before me. And the main thing I felt was small. In an instant I gained a whole new understanding of the word “big” and an equal sense that it would never really apply to me.
We come to church because we need to have that moment again and again; the overwhelming sense of being in the presence of Someone who makes the majestic Grand Canyon like a tiny crack in the sidewalk. We come to meet and worship a God who “ Spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm” (Psalm 33:9), including the Grand Canyon. We come to church to right-size everything again.
All week long we are bombarded with claims of importance that would require us to think of God in less-than-centrally-important terms. That’s why our encounters with God need to be regular, daily. Your discipline in Our Journey can help you. But don’t neglect meeting together, as is the habit of some (see Hebrews 10:25). Gathering with other believers in God’s awesome presence is the best way to keep everything right-sized.
Prayer – Father, You are great! You are big in a way that makes every other big thing in my life as nothing. You are big and great in every way I can conceive: great goodness, big-hearted, great grace, awesome holiness and justice. I realize all my use of size-words are useless as comparisons, for You are beyond compare in all things. And yet You allow me to know and worship You. You have made it possible for me to draw near when I would never have been able to on my own. And for that alone, You deserve my ever-lasting praise. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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