For the Sake of Christ

Russ Sharrock

“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of
Christ.” (Philippians 3:7)

There are many Christians who have sacrificed everything to
minister to the people that God led them.  You would think that they would be griping
about what they don’t have, and there have been a few, but most of them are the
happiest people.  What they have given up
for the sake of Christ has been enormous, but they don’t have one regret.  Paul was the same way.

Paul incurred significant loss when he followed Jesus.  He was an up and coming Rabbi as well as the
wealthy son of a Roman tentmaker.  He
considered it all loss compared to what he gained in Jesus Christ.  Once he set his eyes on Jesus, he never turned
back to his old life and never had one regret.

There is a danger in Christianity, where we try to use God to
advance our ambitions.  Whether it be
riches, prestige, or comfort, we can lull ourselves into thinking that God
wants us to prosper in those areas.  To
be truthful, those aren’t even on His radar.  God wants you to conform to the image of His
Son, Jesus Christ, and to advance His kingdom by making disciples.  Rarely do riches or prestige fall into those
areas, but joy and contentment do.

It is a big step of faith to trust God with your whole life.  Many want a backup plan or an insurance
policy, but true discipleship is abandoning everything you hold valuable for
the sake of Christ.  There will be times
of hardship, but there will also be incredible times of God’s provision.  You will see Him work in ways you never
thought possible.

If God is leading you that way, go for it. You won’t regret it.

Reproduced with permission from Russ Sharrock.

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