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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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verse 2: “If you have been snared with the words of your mouth, Have been caught with the words of your mouth,”

Boy, can our mouths get us in trouble! Think back on stories in literature of people who wish for things or promise things…then realize what they’ve done!

    King Midas, wanting everything he touched to turn to gold…until he turned his daughter into gold by accident.
    The ubiquitous morality tale (as seen in several Twilight Zone episodes) of the person who said, “I’d give anything to have such-and-such”….and up pops the devil.
    The boy who cried “Wolf!”

The one I remember from the Bible is of Peter, vehemently stating he wouldn’t desert Jesus, and Jesus solemnly telling him that he, Peter, would deny Him three times before the cock crowed.

Solomon is speaking here of surety, of pledging to pay a neighbor’s debt contractually. Solomon’s advice is “get out of it as soon as you can! If you’ve got to humble yourself to do it, DO IT!” Be careful what you promise to do, for your promise is your word. And God doesn’t take words lightly. We, too, should never take God’s Word lightly….He said it, and He means it!

Something to think about.

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