Loss Equals Gain

Philippians 3:7–9

7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ
9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—

I would like to say that the theft we experienced wasn’t hard and that it didn’t cause great anger (from the loss of property and the feeling of violation) and even fear (loss of passport and the fact that our address is in the hand of thieves).  But I can’t.  What I can say is that in this journey of the last 10 days, I have come to the conclusion that “I count everything as loss for the sake of Christ and knowing Him and making Him known.”

Driving in to school yesterday, the sky was so clear and the row upon row of apartment buildings along the river were in clear view.  At first, I thought how pretty the view was.  Then the Lord pricked my heart and I thought of (and could even see) the literally tens of thousands of people who live in those buildings – and don’t know Him – lost and going to hell.  A real payment for rejection of God in a real place.  Suddenly, stuff doesn’t seem so important.

So I’ve been trying to wait upon the Lord.  Letting Him renew my strength.  It’s then that we can mount up with wings as eagles.  Run and not grow weary.  Walk and not faint.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

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Chris Malone

It is a joy to serve our Lord with the bride of my youth, Mary, and our children. Our nine kids are not all living at home anymore. One has already completed university and has started her career. One is finishing his master's degree and will start his career soon. One is completing her freshman year at university. That leaves six at home. One of those completes high school this year. Amazing since Mary and I are only 30 years old (at least in our minds).
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