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Bin It

For his (Christ's) sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ...

Philippians 3:8 (English Standard Version)

Popular in social media for a time was a Japanese lady who encouraged people to 'declutter' and get rid of things in the house — wardrobe, bookcases and so on. The charity shops became full and if something was not useful, "then bin it"! No doubt the 'decluttering' guru was quite right in some ways.

Certainly when it comes to thinking of what is really important in our lives we have to keep a careful check to make sure we have our priorities right and we may well have to 'bin' things that can be spiritually bad or useless for us.

The apostle Paul had a massive clear out of stuff from his heart and life when he was converted. All the things he had been proud of before — his religious zeal, his pride, his strict law-keeping, even his family connections with Judaism — he threw them all out as worthless things, because they had been keeping him from trusting in Jesus. The Lord Jesus Christ became the centre of his life, his most precious 'possession', and he no longer put value on the 'inferior stuff' of his former self-centred and proud rule-packed religion. A personal trust in the living Christ was worth everything, even if along with it would come suffering and even death itself. Is your faith in Jesus as real as that?

Prayer

Dear Lord, please help me to trust you only and completely. Amen.

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