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Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.
The apostle Paul was once very proud of his achievements, all he had accomplished as Saul of Tarsus. But when he saw Christ, all he could say was, "I count them but dung." "From him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath." He will arrive at the bar of eternal judgment with nothing at all, just his own miserable, sinful self--naked, empty, forlorn, and hopeless--and he will go on living like that forever and ever.
This word is a judgment. Do you have this vital thing or do you not? "But what can I do?" asks someone. "I see now that I am a fool. I hadn't realized that it was a mystery. I thought I knew what Christianity is, but I see now that it means being reconciled to God, being right for the judgment and for eternity. I know nothing about it--how can I get it?"
It is quite simple. Instead of shutting your eyes in blind prejudice, open them and pay attention to the message. Come as a little child, as a pauper. Come as you are, not to criticize, not to be clever, not to justify yourself; come and acknowledge that you have nothing. "Except ye be converted," says our Lord, "and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 18:3). You need the simplicity of a little child. You need, in other words, an acknowledgment of your sin, of your utter failure. You have to come saying, "I am nothing. I have nothing. God have mercy upon me, a sinner."
A Thought to Ponder
You have to come saying, "I am nothing. I have nothing. God have mercy upon me, a sinner."
From The Kingdom of God, pp. 103-104.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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