Philippians 3:7-9, 20-21
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith… But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

As I continue on my journey with Christ, I realize that layer by layer, He is peeling off my dependencies on this world, my selfishness, my hardheartedness, my deceitfulness, my pride, my strength, my abilities and everything that is in me which I spent 33 years gaining and is replacing it with Him in me. I might sound like I am boasting but in reality, this is most embarrassing because to the world, I am quickly becoming a misfit as I am not norming to it. I realize day by day that as I walk with Him and share Him in my life, people consider me ‘religious’ and weird and I am quickly losing the world but hopefully gaining Christ. Is that what Jesus is asking of us?

Paul born a Jew, circumcised as per Jewish customs on the eight day by a Jew, was of the tribe of Benjamin, was a Hebrew by blood, was a Pharisee with the zeal of one which showed in his persecution of the church and was legalistic in his righteousness and faultless to the Jews. For him to change would not be possible but God did change him and God then turned his life around by shedding every inch of the old him and replacing it with Christlikeness. We are reminded today that whatever we have gained here on earth on our own is worthless in comparison to what God gives us when we put our faith in Him. We get a new genetic code, a new citizenship, righteousness from comes from Him alone and a new body to live a glorious life with Him for eternity. If that is not worth losing self for, what is?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Jeremiah 9:23,24 Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.
Comments
  1. Thanks, Vineet, for reminding us of what all we have in Him. Priceless! and please don’t worry about responding to my comments or going to my blog for awhile! You just concentrate on all that’s on your plate right now, with family and the move. Praying for you and thankful for you too! deb

  2. blesseddad says:

    Vineet,
    I count myself lucky to know you and see the wisdom God has placed in your heart by the Spirit. A man in my weekly mens Bible study group reminds me very much of you. He is your age, and strives with all his heart to serve God and he too walks in the Spirit. I am a misfit to the world too, but it isn’t important to me how the world judges me on the surface anymore, and I now delight in being seen as different from the pack. God bless you my brother!
    JIm

  3. Rani John says:

    Vineet,

    First of all, I have to tell you that the new look of your blog is really great…I always think that I should bring some changes in my blog too….but I’m a person who is not very comfortable with changes…Should try out something new..

    I feel that as we grow in Christ, we all reach that state of being a misfit in this world..I did not feel this way few years back…but now I can easily identify that even from the looks of other people..They think that we are religious…But as Jim said,I do not care what the world thinks as long as I’m seperated for Christ. At the same time, God has given us the responsibility to be in the world and be a witness of Christ and lead many others to Him.

    God Bless,
    Rani

    • ServantBoy says:

      Rani, Thanks for the comment on the new look for the blog. Like I mentioned to Debbie, I love testing out the new themes wordpress advertises and change is welcome in my life 🙂 I do not recommend it unless you are comfortable with the whole concept of change but I need it constantly because that is very me.

      Thank you for stating it correctly that God has given us a responsibility to live in this broken world and be a witness of His love to lead others to Him. That is what we are called to do and it takes a lot to love someone more than we love ourselves.

      Blessings, Vineet

  4. Vineet, I love how you have used a worldly concept – the Profit and Loss Statement – and applied it to our spritual lives in Christ. To the world, profit and loss is all about money. But to us believers, we profit through Christ because of the selfish, wordly nature that we lose when we trust in Him alone. Peace, Linda

    • ServantBoy says:

      Linda, Profit and Loss Statements are new learning’s for me in my new career as a commercial banker where I have been learning how to read and analyze them. It is such a human thing to weigh the pros and cons and that’s where the thought came from. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement and I pray God’s blessing on you as you continue to strive for Him and seek Him with your all. Blessings, Vineet

  5. Vineet,

    The truth is..when one sets out to seek and love the Lord with all his heart….the world will keep to do the opposite to you. So…welcome on board my brother. You are not alone. Being like Him is better that all the world put together.

    Its a righteous exchanging…gaining Christ!!!

    Blessings,

    Gladwell

    • ServantBoy says:

      Gladwell, I love the way you described it as a righteous exchanging 🙂 Gaining Christ is such a gain indeed but to the world it seems like our joy is in a relic of the past rather than the advancement of mankind 😀 Blessings, Vineet

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