When Paul wrote the above statement, he had just enumerated the things in which he had once trusted and gloried. These included his ancestry, his religion, his education, his zeal and his imagined righteousness. But when, some thirty years before he made the above statement, he had met the Lord Jesus Christ and had come to know Him, all these things were “counted loss for Christ.” There have been and are today many who can give similar testimony: all changed when we met Him. All things in which we trusted and gloried were “counted loss for Christ.” But has this attitude continued in our lives? Have we continued through the days and years and varied circumstances of life to count all “loss for Christ”? It had continued so with Paul, and he says further that “yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in Him.” Our love for the Lord ought to deepen as the days go by. May He not have to say to us that “I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love,” and may we not have to pray, “Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation.”
“All things but loss” for Thee, dear Lord, Whether wealth, or fame, or name; “I have heard Him, and observed Him,” Who is evermore the same.