A New Direction
“But whatever gain I had, I count as loss for the sake of Christ” (Philippians 3:7).
What has the power to flip a man in a different direction so that what he once called a gain he now calls a loss, and what he once called a loss he now calls a gain? The simple answer is: a new love. In the case of the apostle Paul, he found a new love in Jesus Christ, so that what he used to think of as gains became losses because they were hindrances to his love for Christ.
Of course, this was a work of divine, sovereign grace that changed Paul’s heart so as to make him able to desire Christ. But as we look at things from a purely human perspective Paul did a 180 degree turn in his life.
This makes his experience comparable to that of all Christians. We all are the recipients of a blessed redirection that called what was once desirable to us a loss, and what was once a loss, desirable. And as we continue this journey let’s keep a close watch on our hearts so that we elevate nothing of insignificance, keeping Christ our greatest gain!