“Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him” (Philippians 3:8-9a, NLT).

Money, possessions, titles—these are important to most people. We work hard to gain them, go to court to defend them and try to ensure they will be kept in the family and remembered after we’re gone. It’s always been this way, so much that wars have been fought over everything humans own or want to own.

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Corcovado jesus (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

I don’t know if Paul had much in the way of physical possessions, but he sure had a lot to brag about. He had a pedigree to die for, the modern equivalent of the whole alphabet behind his name. But he considered it all worthless compared to one precious thing—knowing Christ. Knowing him—his love, grace, mercy and kindness—infuses us with the same and changes us into new creatures who love him and love others. This is the only possession worth keeping in this life: “the priceless privilege of of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with him” (AMP).