But Christ has shown me that what I once thought was valuable is worthless.
Paul warns us against the “dogs” who want to re-introduce circumcision. When it comes to that, Paul was the Pharisee of Pharisees. He was zealous for the Law of Moses to the point of persecuting the church.
Christ has revolutionised his values. That which he once considered valuable he now sees as worthless. Christ has taken hold of Paul so that ll he wants is Christ,
Paul has not yet reached the goal, but he keeps running the race in order to win the prize that God has for him.
When Christ takes hold of us, He completely overturns our value system. The things we used to pursue suddenly become pointless in our eyes.
Instead of the flesh we prioritise the spirit.
Instead of finding security in our job or identity in our career, we now find these in Christ.
Instead of plotting our own life directions, we surrender all to God.
Instead of secular entertainment we pursue Christian edification.
Some of these changes come quickly to us as we choose to follow Christ. Others take years or decades as we learn to align our values with those of Christ.
It is possible that ungodly activities – the sins of the flesh– have such a tight hold on us that we are blind to their significance. Some things can be addictions in which our flesh literally fights against our spirit.
But in all these things Christ is the victor. He is stronger than satan and will give us the strength to overcome.
The important thing is to keep running the race. We must not give up or grow discouraged. Keep pursuing Christ. Let Him take hold of you and let His grace transform you from the inside.
It’s not so much about giving things up that we know are wrong. It is about letting the Holy Spirit change your way of looking at life and eternity.
Lord Jesus Christ, I confess that there are aspects of my life which I ty to run in my own strength. Please come in and change my values so that what I now cherish I come to see as trash. Amen.