Paul had a lot of advantages in his life, but he had learned that those advantages were rubbish compared to the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus. Paul had learned to count what was important in life. What was important to him? He answered with this, “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection” (Phil 3:10).
As you know Cindy had a heart attack last week. Thankfully she came through it with no heart damage, and was cleared to resume her normal activities this week. Going through such an experience causes a person to count what is important in their life. Afterwards I asked Cindy what her thoughts were as she was lying on the gurney in the ER. She replied, “I was at peace with it all. I knew that whether I lived or died God was taking care of me.”
Paul had learned what was important in life, and Cindy has learned it too. What is important in this life? What really counts is knowing Jesus and the power of his resurrection; everything else is rubbish!