Monday, July 22, 2013

Bushwa (Philippians 3:7-11)

Good morning all,

The word of the day is “bushwa.” I had to laugh when reading this word. It reminded me of one of my most favorite sections of the Bible. Paul was a pretty feisty character. When he used to preach, he wanted to make sure that he got the attention of the people to whom he was speaking. This meant that every now and again he had to shock people. And for that reason, this passage right here pretty much says that Paul sees anything that is void of the gospel to be rubbish, or in other words of that day… trash. I mean come on! What an incredible way to minister to people. You figure that they would either turn to Jesus, or away from him altogether. But, that's exactly what Paul wanted people to do – to make a decision.

“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 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.”
~Phil. 3:7-8

My question is: with what kind of fervor do you live out your own faith? The apostle Paul realized that if he was going to live for Jesus then he needed to be ready to give everything for him. And for this reason, he considered everything that he had to this point to be absolutely nothing. Anything less than a relationship with Jesus is bushwa, or rubbish.  My prayer this morning is that you sit in the knowledge of surpassing greatness of your relationship with the Savior. When you are ready to give everything to him, the Lord will do a mighty work in your life.

Praying for you,


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