Daily Devotion

Are We Ready To Count The World As Loss For Christ?

By: Marissa Wolf

“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.”
Philippians 3:7

With the world’s eyes we see success, material things, an abundant luxurious lifestyle all as gain or it could be the opposite such as a humble home in the countryside filled with lots of children and animals. Seeking out your own idea of a luxurious lifestyle isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but the intentions we choose to get there can be and whether or not we use them for iniquity or for Christ. We may get so caught up in our desire for our own “version of success” that we might end up losing our souls in the end if our focus is locked on worldly desires, whether good or bad.

As Believers, this world/worldly success isn’t our end goal. Our end goal is to live in eternity with Christ. We get so caught up in not only seeking, but also thinking on the things below, rather than on the things above. (See: Colossians 3:1-3). The devil can use earthly success as a temptation to draw us closer to the world and sin so we choose to serve that over choosing to serve Christ and drawing closer to Him. (See: James 4:7-10).

The earthly things that we consider gain won’t get you into heaven. These earthly things are temporal, eternal life with Christ is not. The Bible tells us that “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” If we want to focus on gaining something, let it be this. (See: 1 Timothy 6:6). Earthly gain doesn’t always have to come in material abundance, it could come in forms of a self-seeking desire to achieve more muscles, validation, attention, friendship, loyalty, the desire to have a “perfect image”, etcetera. Earthly gain will look different to everyone. But what good does this do, if we lose our souls in the process. (See: Matthew 16:26).

The Bible tells us that we are to not love the world nor the things thereof. We aren’t called to be successful as the world is successful, but to be holy as Christ is holy. (See: 1 Peter 1:14-16). Living out godliness with contentment will help us to keep our eyes fixated on Christ. We brought nothing into this world, and we can take nothing out. (See: 1 Timothy 6:7-12). It can be so easy to get drawn into the devil’s trap of loving the world, but we must resist the devil and all of his temptations. (See: 1 Corinthians 10:13). Lust of the world is quite dangerous to a Believer and it can quickly become an idol just like that. We must repent of our lust and any idolatry that may be residing in our hearts. (See: Leviticus 26:1 and Exodus 20:3-5). The flesh just loves the world so much and the flesh always knows how to have a “fun time” with loving the world. We are to die to ourselves, be crucified with Christ, be born again. (See: Galatians 2:20 and 2 Corinthians 5:17). This way we can walk in the Spirit and continually deny the flesh. (See: Galatians 5:16-26, Matthew 16:24, and Luke 9:23). We aren’t supposed to be having “fun time” with sin. Sin may seem “fun” in the moment, but the eternal consequences are far from fun and we must repent and be converted. (See: Acts 3:19).

As Christians, we should keep in mind that at the end of our earthly life we hope to hear “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” This is true success. No amount of earthly money or material abundance will get you a one-way ticket to eternal life with Christ. There is one way to get to heaven and that is through Christ only, not by good works, earthly success, the world, or the things thereof. None of those things can save you, only Christ has the power to save. (See: John 14:6 and Acts 4:12). We must keep seeking Him and continually letting Him guide us on the narrow path. This is why it’s called the narrow path as the world or the things thereof are not on it, but they are rather on the wide path of destruction which leads to a tormented eternity in the Lake of Fire. There’s two paths that we have the choice to choose to walk on, but there is only one path to heaven and that is the narrow path that leads to eternal life with Christ Jesus. (See: Matthew 7:13-14 and Joshua 24:15). Which path will you choose to walk on?

How much does earthly gain/worldly success truly mean to you? Are you ready to give up earthly gain/worldly success for Christ? What’s your heart’s desire, is it to be successful as the world is successful or is it to be holy as Christ is holy? Are there any lustful desires that you need to repent of? Are you willing to lose your soul to gain the world? If you are, do you realize that could lead you to spend a tormented eternity in the Lake of Fire? Is there any idolatry that needs to be repented of? Where do you want to spend eternity, is it separated from Christ or with Christ?

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”
1 John 2:15-17