within God’s WORD …
and a word from Him is spoken.
in His thought …
and a thought from Him is sought.
in His memory …
and a memory of Him is caught.
in His moment …
and a moment of His is thought.
in His creation …
and a creation of His is lost.
in the cost of following Jesus …
and in following Jesus I count the cost.
So powerful, so life changing is an encounter with Christ upon a life that the Apostle Paul considered all things as rubbish and loss when compared to knowing Christ. What a profound statement coming from a man who once had it all ~ yet freely gave it up! Paul had impressive credentials, upbringing, nationality, family background, inheritance, orthodoxy, activity and morality (2 Corinthians 11; Galatians 1:13-24) ~ but his conversion to Christ was not dependent on what he had done, but on God’s grace. His conversion was more important than earthly treasures, because to know Christ as his life and resurrection power was far greater!
Philippians 4: 8-9 ~ More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith.
Revelation 21:5-6 ~ He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give you drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars-their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.
Composed by Nancy Clone (Faris) Byrne as a modern day psalm, reflective prayer on March 16, 2009. Dedicated to all those who have felt lost, have counted the cost ~ to be found in Christ!