“I count it all loss,” Paul says in Philippians 3. “I count them but rubbish.” He’s talking about the value of all things–everything he once considered valuable or worthy–compared to knowing Jesus.
More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him.
Jesus, this is my devotion;
All my life to know You, every day to walk with You.
Savior, You’re my deepest longing,
You’re the One I live for;
Teach me, Lord, to walk with You.
Christ Be in My Waking: words by Stuart Townend and Simon Brading. Copyright 2011 Thankyou Music.
We’re observing the Lord’s Supper this Sunday, and it’s easy for this to become a routine thing. You may have taken communion many, many times over your life. But we always remember the words of Jesus, the words that are inscribed right on our communion table in the sanctuary: Do this in remembrance of Me. As often as you drink this cup, He said, it’s always to be in remembrance of His body and blood, broken and spilled for us.
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain–
He washed it white as snow.
Jesus Paid It All
This is the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus our Lord. So on this Lord’s Supper Sunday, the focus of our music is 1) counting everything else loss compared to knowing Christ, and 2) what that looks like as it plays out in our lives. If Jesus is the one we live for, He will be in our waking, our working, and our resting, in our thoughts and in our speech, in our joy and in our sorrow.
Christ be in my waking as the sun is rising;
In my day of working, with me every hour.
Christ be in my resting as the day is ending;
Calming and refreshing, watching through the night.
Christ be in my thinking and my understanding;
Guarding me from evil, walking in the light.
Christ be in my speaking; every word a blessing;
Pure and not deceiving, grace to all who hear.
Christ be in my gladness for the joy of living;
Thankful for the blessing of the Father’s hand.
Christ be in my sorrow, in the day of darkness;
Knowing that I follow in the steps He trod.
Christ Be in My Waking
We’ll open the service with these words by St. Francis of Assisi, which are a superb reminder of what a Christ-like life looks like as we seek to follow the example He left for us:
Make me a channel of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring Your love,
Where there is injury, Your pardon, Lord,
And where there’s doubt, true faith in You.
O Master, grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled, as to console,
To be understood, as to understand,
To be loved, as to love with all my soul.
Make me a channel of Your peace.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
In giving of ourselves that we receive,
And in dying that we’re born to eternal life.
Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
In dying that we’re born to eternal life. Paul goes on to say in Philippians 3:10: That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. This is the paradox of our faith: we must die to ourselves in order to gain life. We must count it all loss to gain Christ and be found in Him.