This is the only thing that matters: “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.” (Philippians 3: 10-11) This is the only thing that matters!
After all of these other little things in life are finished — some of them are going to have some kind of affect on us for three-score-and-ten – they do affect us, they are important to us – but winning Christ is the only thing that matters. Being found in him, knowing a saving union with him, is life eternal and it is all that matters. It doesn’t matter how great or terrible my day was — if he would just speak to me for just a moment – this is the only thing that matters. Christ is not a “big part” of a believers life, he is not “number one” – Christ is all! Knowing him, having him, being found in him is the only thing that matters. May the Lord cause us to truly see this and live it!
“I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.”
I received a note the other day from a person who is going through a very difficult time. This could be the greatest trial of this person’s life. But in the note, this person was acknowledging all of the goodness and mercy that the Lord has shown to His people. And in spite of all the sad news, the note ended with this word of great thankfulness to our savior: “He pulled us out!”
That’s exactly what Christ did for his people! He reached way down for us, and lifted us out of the deep miry clay! We were sold into the slavery pit of sin, but God in sovereign love sent His own Son to rescue us! And when He on the cross of Calvary cried: “It Is Finished!” God the father cried: “Deliver them!… I have found a Ransom”
In spite of the deep sorrow and tribulation that we must endure in this world because of sin; For the rest of time and eternity, the redeemed of the Lord will never get over the glory of the Gospel; “He pulled us out!”