Philippians 3:7-8 (NLT) I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.
In life, we can spend so much time losing our joy over little things that appear significant at the moment, but in hindsight, they don’t matter all that much. It can be waiting in a line too long at the bank, getting stuck in traffic, being overcrowded on the MTR, missing a lift because someone closed it on you.
But if we want to be happy, the Bible tells us we cannot see these things as major.
Paul says (paraphrased)“All those things I once thought were important, now I think they are not.”
He was referring to the Old Testament Law of Moses – he was a devout Jew and diligently upheld and taught the Law. But now that He understands why Jesus came and what He did on the cross, everything else, major or minor, seems worthless in comparison to Christ.
And this is also true for us. When we truly understand what Jesus did on the cross, that’s when we will begin to give value to the right things.
Let me ask a question: Before you came to Christ, what were the most important things?
It might have been money; status; dating or pleasure – maybe all of these mattered a lot to you! But one of the ways we know we have been truly saved, is when our “Values” change completely. All the things that used to matter to you, they don’t seem to matter all that much anymore.
When it comes to remembering what matters most as a Christian believer, there is a major trap we can easily fall into in the 21st Century – it’s called the trap of “Pop Culture.”
Pop Culture is what matters most to the world – what’s ‘trending’ right now. Society will tell you what matters most are things like fashion, music, status, where you live, where you work. I’m not saying these are bad, but they certainly do not matter the most! Pop Culture will also tell you the things that do matter, like marriage, faithfulness, family, God, church, integrity – are not that important especially if they get in the way of living for yourself.
And if we are not careful, we can be more influenced by what’s popular to the world, rather than what’s important to God.
If you want to know what matters the most, learn to look at everything in the light of eternity.
Paul tells you how to live your life so what matters is what you focus on: It's the value of knowing Jesus Christ.
The more you know Jesus, that’s when your values will change, and that’s when your life begins to reflect the values of Christ Himself.