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Monday, November 20, 2006

Once Valuable - Now Worthless

It's a bit quiet at Kick Start today. The really busy stuff will start next week when I am forced to run around like a headless chook (= chicken) trying to finalise exit plans for the last lot of young blokes to go through for the year.

I brought a "Surfers Bible" in today for one of the guys - he didn't show up and so the Bible's sitting on my desk. I picked it up and started reading Philipians. I am often struck by how complex and how simple Paul can be, all at the same time.

In 3:7-11 he wrote:

But Christ has shown me that what I once thought was valuable is worthless. Nothing is as wonderful as knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have given up everything else and count it all as rubbish. All I want is Christ and to know that I belong to Him. I could not make myself acceptable to God by obeying the Law of Moses. God accepted me simply because of my faith in Christ. All I want is to know Christ and the power that raised Him to life. I want to suffer and die as he did, so that somehow I also may be raised to life. CEV

Forgive me Lord for the times I have put other things, religion, in front of simply knowing Jesus Christ. For the times I have made worthless things more valuable than your Son. Thank you for loving me and accepting me anyway and allowing me to belong to you!

You can read it in the ESV here.


Mike said...

Good post. "Surfers Bible"?! Wow. I like the ESV you linked to. Thanks for posting a comment over on my site. I'll keep checking back. Got you in the ole rss. Take care.

The Creature said...

The Surfers Bible is a little paperback NT the Christian Surfers put out. It is a "give away". I picked up a few of them at a youth concert last year and just keep them handy. It has testimonies from Christian surfers in it - surprise, surprise! I live on the coast so the surfing thing is relevant.

The ESV is a great translation. I love it.