“Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun?” – Ecclesiastes 1:2-3
“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, 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 from God that depends on faith—that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.” – Philippians 3:7–11
- We have a tendency to think one way and act another. Do we think we prioritize God above all things? Do we know that we should intellectually? However, perhaps the question that reveals our inner hearts desire is ‘how does that compare to how we actually live?’ Or is He the real priority in our lives? Is He above all things? Is He who we think about most?…. spend most of our time, effort, energy, and all we have on?
- We have a choice: Chase “one vast heap of numberless perishing vanities.” – Charles Bridges (1794 – 1869) OR “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33
- Simply put – How has the Gospel overtaken every facet of your heart, soul, strength, mind – and ultimately your entire life?