Giving It All Up
Read Philippians Chapter 3
Phil 3:7 But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 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 9 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. 10 I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, 11 and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Losing it all. When some of us gave up an active homosexual life, we felt as though we had lost everything dear to us. It had been the one thing in life which seemed to make life bearable. In our earlier years, when we searched for something meaningful to bandage our wounded hearts, we found a life which appeared to relieve our pain and suffering. We found a world which accepted us and “loved” us. We found a group of peers at a time when we believed that we were the only ones suffering our fate. There was a world out there which included people like us.
But our fate was to be altered. We heard about a Savior, a God, a loving Father, who drew us to a different calling; a different pathway of life. The dilemma: He called us away from the one thing we had found that gave us a ray of hope. How could we give up our savior, and believe that a new Savior had a better plan? Many SSA men and women wrestled with that dilemma for a long, long time before they made a decisive decision. Some walked away from Christ, as did the rich young ruler, but some of us surrendered to our Lord. Some of us, of whom I am one, surrendered reluctantly. It is much easier to see, at my time of life, that the decision I made was absolutely the correct decision. It was the only viable decision.
What did you and I give up? We gave up a life which was fraught with disappointment, delusion, despair, and unfulfilled expectation. We gave up a way of life which was destined to lead us to the death of deaths, the ultimate fate of all men and women who have made an incorrect decision at that juncture of life. We have given up a deceptive, seductive, albeit appealing way of life. We have “lost” it all. But Paul describes our loss beautifully.
All the things we thought were going to save our lives now loom before us as what they really are. They are a loss. They are rubbish. We now know that there was never any value there at all. We have chosen to lose our lives so that our lives can be saved.
Mk 8:34 Then He called the crowd to Him along with His disciples and said: “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. 35 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? 37 Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?”
Our lives are full of hope, full of assurance, full of promise, because we have chosen Christ over that other option; a wasted life, lived in absolute futility, and a sure eternal death. We have made the right and only choice. No matter how difficult our life becomes because of our “loss,” we have won everything that matters. Thank You, Lord.
Phil 3:12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
Prayer: As we said, Lord, thank You! We know all this is true, but our flesh sometimes argues with truth. Keep us firmly focused on what we know to be true. Keep us from falling away from truth. Redeem our friends who have believed the lie. Bring them back onto Your pathway.