How do we know honey is sweet? There are really two ways. We can read about honey, understand its sugar content, and understand that it is considered to be a sweet substance. Or, we can taste honey and know from personal experience that it is, indeed, sweet.
That’s the point Pastor John Piper makes in his breakdown of Philippians 3:7-10. Paul wanted to know Christ, not as someone he’d heard about or even talked to but as an experience through suffering and power. He counted all of his gains in this life as loss, woefully inadequate when compared to the real gain through Jesus Christ that all believers can access.
It is easy to get caught up in this world, to cheer through our successes and despair at our setbacks. But what truly matters is how we live through Christ as our Lord and Savior. All gain is loss if it is not in honor of experiencing our world through He who died for us.
I am surprisingly new to the teachings of John Piper, but this particular breakdown of Philippians 3:7-10 makes me want to explore further. It’s a proper message for a society that seems bent on material gain. All is counted as loss.
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