It’s so easy to go through life, attend church, do one’s Christian duties, while missing out on Jesus. John Owen, in his Meditations and Discourses on the Glory of Christ, does not mince words:
“What are all other things in comparison of the ‘knowledge of Christ?’ In the judgment of the great apostle, they are but ‘loss and dung,’ Phil. iii. 8–10. So they were to him; and if they are not so to us we are carnal.” (Page 41).
He referenced Paul’s statement: “Indeed, 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 Christ . . .” (Phil. 3:8). Does that not strike at the core of our carnality? Do we count “all things . . . as rubbish” in comparison to Jesus. If we honestly look into our heart we have to admit that this is not the case. How many times do we esteem other people’s opinion very highly to the neglect of Him? How many times do we seek after the things of this world, expressing greater delight in and passion for them than Jesus?
These statements are not meant to necessarily beat us down, but to be honest and real: “Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being . . .” (Ps. 51:6). David said: “Who can discern his errors?” (Ps. 19:12). Ultimately we can only pray: “Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways” (Ps. 119:37).
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