Just TrashI want you to think about this question: How important is your relationship with God?

Many of us would answer that it is very important, because that is the desire we have. The problem is that we often end up pursuing things of this world, rather than heavenly things. Examine the things that you value and how you spend your time. Where does God fit into your life? Is He central or is He left on the fringe?

Consider what the apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 3:7-9:

I once thought all these things were so very important, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I may have Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own goodness or my ability to obey God’s law, but I trust Christ to save me. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. (NLT)

Don’t get me wrong, there is importance to the everyday tasks of life. Jobs and money are necessities for life, and it is essential that we meet our responsibilities. It is not God’s desire for His people to retreat from the world, so we can live in seclussion, and shield ourselves from the world around us. God wants us to be a part of the world, so we can shine the light of the Gospel into the world.

I believe Paul wanted his readers to understand that things of this world are not evil or unimportant. Your job and your family are important to your life, so we shouldn’t think this passage is a command to get rid of everything that we hold dear. Rather, Paul is making a comparison. The point is that everything in life, regardless of how wonderful or good it is, cannot measure up to a relationship with God. Everything in our lives, when compared to God, is trash.

Our lives are not made complete because we have the perfect job or the perfect family. Our lives are made complete because we have a relationship with God. A person who has nothing except a relationship with God is able to be far more content with life than a person who has everything except a relationship with God.

Here is the irony of it all: it is when we value our relationship with God above everything else leads us to cherish everything else more. This is enables our blessings to really enhance our lives.

When our lives revolve around the things of this world, rather than around God, we will never be satisfied with life. It will always seem like something is missing. No matter how great our blessings are, no matter how exciting our experiences are, or no matter how successful we become, without God, our lives will always seem to be missing something.

We were created for a purpose, and ultimately that purpose is to have a relationship with God. When we have this relationship at the center of our lives, our lives begin to experience the love, joy, hope, and peace we were created to have. Instead of seeking contentment and happiness in the things of this world, we seek contentment and joy in our relationship with God. This enables us to join with the apostle Paul in saying; Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.

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