“But whatever former things I had that might have been gains to me, I have come to consider as loss for Christ’s sake.” Philippians 4:8
Some who have chosen to receive the Salvation of Christ have experienced loss, the kind of loss when family rejects them, friends mock them and co-workers call them fanatics. Some may even stop communicating with them all together. If this happens you must understand that the value of knowing Christ and having him in your life are far greater. Never view your salvation as a negative, as I have seen so many do. They seem to be focusing on all the things they can no longer do or have now that they are believers. Here is the key if you’re going to live a life of freedom in Christ, count all your past pleasures as rubbish, just as the apostle Paul did. His focus was on Jesus and once his gauge was on Him he never turned back to ponder on the past. Whereas, Lots wife who turn once more to see what she was missing, looking back and was turned into a pillar of salt (Genesis 19). She allowed her desires of this world to cause her demise. The past pleasures did not benefit her and it certainly will not benefit us. Take joy in knowing that your minor sufferings are no comparison to the glory and blessings that the Lord has in store for you. Continue to grow in your relationship with God and focus on His word. As you do you will reap the harvest of your labor and draw others to Christ’s saving grace. Remember, there is no loss in the Kingdom of God.
Scripture references: Hebrews 11:24-26 Rev. 17:14 Psalm 37:3-7