The Surpassing Value of Christ
I had to give something up this week, and I did not like it! Nothing serious like a habit. No, I had to let go of a desire. Actually, it was my desire for a little terrier-type pound puppy, named Zack, at the Santa Fe Humane Society.
I won’t give you all the details, but before I started my endeavor I prayed that God would open all the doors for the dog that was to join my family alongside our two Welsh Terriers, Newman and Cooper. It wasn’t to be.
“Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things” (Philippians 3:7-8 NRSV).
Now, I know the context of Paul’s words are talking about our earthly credentials, but the words, “loss,” “surpassing value,” and “I have suffered loss,” spoke directly to my heart after my previous afternoon of realization and heartbreak.
After it became painfully obvious that Zack was not going to be my dog, I drove home wishing I had windshield wipers for my eyes. The only thoughts that allowed some semblance of peace to comfort my shattered heart was God. I had to rise above my emotions and remember that I had prayed for God to open all of the doors leading to the right dog. The front doors to the actual shelter building were the only ones that welcomed my footsteps throughout the entire process. Door after closed door hindered my forward progress. There was no way I could ignore all the swing obstacles slamming on my desire.
Sure, fighting our flesh and relying on Christ is a much more serious issue than my desire for a pound puppy, but the feeling loss when walking away from either is the same. It hurts! But, the one thing that allows us to leave certain things behind when necessary is the surpassing value of Christ in our lives.
What a comfort it was this morning when I opened my Bible and read these words from Paul. Although it is still hard, they confirmed the that the excruciating decision I made to walk away from Zach was the right one. But, when I was suffering the initial pain, I could not ignore my prayer for open doors and the fact that none opened. I now realize that it was the value of I placed in Jesus that gave me the strength to make that decision yesterday.
I am confident that Zack’s new family will find him soon. He’s a great dog! I’m also confident that I will be monitoring the humane society’s website every day so that I can rejoice when all the right doors opens and Zack is adopted. It’s still hard, but thankfully the surpassing value of Jesus in my heart will keep me going until the day all the right doors open for me and my new pup . . . whenever that may be.
Word for Today: Never underestimate the surpassing value of Christ even the the less pressing issues of life.