The Surpassing Value of Knowing Jesus

Jesus told his followers, “If you gain the whole world but lose your soul, you’ve made the worst decision of a lifetime” (Mark 8.27 my paraphrase).

To be eternally lost is tragic. Just ask the rich man in the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16.19-30).

To lose your soul or inside condition is a tragic occurrence in the present moment.

When Paul met Jesus on the road to Damascus, his priorities changed. He invested his time in a relationship with Jesus.

Philippians 3.7-11 – Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ.

More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ

And be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith.

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

Investing in Your Soul

Rudy Ross and I discuss this passage on today’s YouTube broadcast by telling stories about people who are determined to invest in their souls through a love relationship with Jesus.

Rudy met Jesus thirty years ago when he picked up a Bible that someone had left at Fric and Frac. As he was reading the story of Jesus, the Holy Spirit revealed to Rudy the true identity of Jesus.

It took a while, but Rudy became a friend of Jesus. He developed a passion for the Bible and read it cover-to-cover every six weeks for five years.

Rudy believes he could have owned several restaurants, but knew he had a higher calling. He knew “the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus the Lord” and made that his passion in life.

John and Leah

Our son John and his wife, Leah, are another example of people who have made the knowledge of Jesus the most important thing in their lives.

They are both interested in prayer, especially healing prayer. They devote time each day to pray together.

John has a Master’s Degree in business but has chosen to work at Amazon. Physical labor allows his mind to be free to pray. In addition, his place of employment gives him many opportunities to pray for co-workers.

I am a proud and grateful father to see our son and his wife following Paul’s desire to know Jesus with all their hearts.

Two Church Leaders

Pope Francis is the most recognized religious leader in the world. He has an extremely difficult job trying to represent Jesus and his love on the world stage.

I am an admirer of Pope Francis because I believe he makes every effort to live a Jesus-kind-of-life in his life and ministry.

I pray for Pope Francis and I also pray for the Russian Patriarch Kirill. I ask God to bless the Pope and to grant repentance to Patriarch Kirill.

Patriarch Kirill is one of Putin’s enablers, giving legitimacy to the behavior of a state sponsor of terrorism.

I am certainly not the judge, but it appears that Patriarch Kirill has chosen to gain the world at the expense of his soul. When I pray for him, I ask God to give him a change of mind.

Imagine what would happen if the Patriarch were to repent and fully embrace the attitudes and actions of Jesus.

What about us?

We rightly marvel at Paul’s devotion to Jesus. The same can be said for great lovers of God that we know or have read about.

What about us? Are we pursuing a loving friendship with Jesus? Are we devoted to knowing Jesus for all he is worth?

One man said, “I want to experience everything that Jesus died for me to have.” That’s a great way to approach today’s passage from Philippians.

YouTube Video

Rudy Ross and I talk about the stories I have written about in today’s blog. We produce a daily YouTube video that can be found on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel.

Please email your prayer request to bsprad49@gmail.com or private message me on Facebook. The Maywood prayer team will pray for you.

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