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Verses 7-8: “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ”

Greek/Roman mythology tells us the tale of King Midas, a king so infatuated with the idea of being rich that he wanted the power to turn everything he touched into gold. He was conveyed this wish by the Greek god Dionysius for the return of treating a satyr friend of Dionysius’s with kindness and respect when he was passed out on the king’s lawn. Reveling in his new-found power, Midas began turning many things to gold. However, he soon discovered that all the gold in the world was worthless, when he discovered that he couldn’t eat (the food turned to gold), he couldn’t drink (the liquid turned to gold), and worst of all, he couldn’t enjoy the love of his family (his daughter was turned to gold when he touched her!) The myth has a happy ending as Dionysius hears Midas’s imploring to take away the golden touch, and by following Dionysius’s instructions, Midas loses the touch, has his daughter restored to him, and learns what he thought was valuable was not, in comparison to what is valuable. (You can look up the story at http://www.mythweb.com/encyc/entries/midas.html ).

Now the above tale is a myth, but Paul relays that the moral is true. What we think is gain to us here on Earth….riches, fame, things….is NOTHING compared to knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Even if you lose it all materially (and Paul certainly was one of those who lost a lot in the eyes of society) as long as you gain Christ, it’s still not worth fretting about…you might as well fret about the garbage! (my son and my wife pointed out that the previous sentence also sounds like “Midas well”. :-)

Something to think about.

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