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Not Worth the Loss of All Things

Consider your favorite sin. Your most cherished vice. The slave master you keep going back to that will ruin you if you do not master it. It continues to feed like a parasite on your lifeblood. It wreaks havoc on your peaceful disposition. Everything lies in the balance and it will either be it or everything else. It's elbows are on the table and its appetite is ravenous. And it is not worth the loss of all things.

But you may say "I do not love it. I despise it and myself when I am again captivated by it. But, nonetheless, intoxication with this lapse in judgment at best or this outright debauchery at worst is leading you back like a rut to your old ways. And worse.

There is only one object of our affections worth the loss of all things. I think you know what it is. Or rather, Who, it is. Paul spoke strongly and longingly of it in Philippians 3, starting at verse 8: “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order 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 comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness of God that depends on faith – that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.” (Phil. 3:8-11)

Sin is not worth the loss of all things. Only Jesus is.

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