But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.
What is the strongest desire in your life?
How much would you give to attain it?
Some years ago the sports world crowned a new heavyweight boxing champion a young man no one had heard of; could defeat the older more experienced champion.
They said he does not have the skills nor the experience but when he won the experts explain by saying he had one thing and that was called desire.
He wanted the championship more than anything else in the world.
Paul gave up everything he had once held dear in order to gain a relationship with Christ.
Relationship is the key. Not an acquaintance.
How do you build a relationship?
You spend time together.
You have a date night.
You talk and you listen.
Jesus came not just to save you but to have a relationship with you.
He wants to talk to you, walk with you, call you His friend. What a friend we have in Jesus.
A friend that sticks closer than a brother.
How much are we investing in man’s relationship verses God relationship.
How much we worry about what man or woman think than what God thinks.
How many nights have we cried over our relationship with God?
How many nights have we cried and got upset over an earthly relationship.
Do you want to know who died for you.
Don’t you want to know your Father. Your Brother. Your comfort.
The one that will never leave you or forsake you.
Now a relationship will cost you something but it is worth it.
It will cost you some friends or should I say so call friends.
Jesus said if they hate me they will hate you.
It will cost you family. God told Abraham to leave his family.
It will cost you, you have to give up fighting because the battle is not yours.
You have to give up evil.
Because the word says we do not repay evil for evil but evil with God.
It’s going to cost me that I can’t hate anymore.
I can’t hold a grudge anymore. I must take up my cross daily. Let go pride. Let go boasting.
What profit a man to gain the hold world and lose his sold.
A sad story in the Bible the rich young ruler did not want a relationship with God.
He wanted to be saved and go to heaven but no relationship.
It’s like we want the milk but not the cow.
You can’t have God without a relationship.
The young ruler was not willing to give up his things for God.
If you want God bad enough some things you have to give up but it is worth it.
God gave up everything for us He died for us a physical horrible death.
He is not asking to die physical but to die to self and just put him first. To make our body a living sacrifice. To have the mind of christ.
How bad do you want this relationship?
How is the relationship going?
How do I check it?
Look at your check book, where is your money going? Is 10% plus offering going back to God.
Put your money were your faith is.
Look at your time schedule.
We have 24 hours in a day.
Are we giving God 10% of our time.
Helping and praying for one another.
Why is this relationship so important more than your spouse or your kids or your girlfriend or boyfriend more than your banker.
God said if you put me first.
If you seek me I will reward you.
I will give you the desires of your heart.
I will make you the lender not the borrower.
Bless you going in and coming out.
He said the wealth of the wicked is laid up for the just.
Because the wicked have no relationship with Him.
But you do.
He will let them work for it and then give it to His friend.
Yes it’s fair in God’s world.
Favor is not fair.
God said be faithful over a few things. He will make you ruler over many.
Be faithful with your relationship with God.
“When the Indian Christian heard preaching on consecration he brought some of his possessions and put them on the altar. He placed his wallet there. Then jewelry. He even tied his horse to the altar. Finally he realized what was missing and he lay down on the altar. Saying. Lord, you have all I have and you have all of me.”
What am I willing to lose in order to win Christ?