Has Easter brought about the power of Christ’s resurrection in your life? Often amidst all of the activities surrounding this glorious spiritual celebration I find myself lacking personal astonishment in light of my risen Lord. However, this may actually be the symptom of a deeper distraction.
The connection between counting all things as loss, the righteousness of God that depends on faith, and knowing Christ in the power of His resurrection is clear in Philippians 3:7-11. As we approach Easter, this passage can help us understand and examine ourselves in light of the surpassing worth of Jesus Christ.
“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 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 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— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.”
1. Counting All Things as Loss
Religion, morality, works, riches, and all sinful pleasures are insignificant distractions from the most significant reality we must embrace, Christ. As we count the cost of following Jesus, it should be clear that it is costly and worth it. There is no system, philosophy, benefit, reward, or treasure this world could offer to surpass what is offered by God through His son. Ultimately, the surpassing worth we find in Christ alone is our faith.
2. The Righteousness of God by Faith
As the surpassing worth of Christ is manifested in our lives through joyful abandonment of all other things, we find ourselves found in Him with an imputed righteousness. The former gains upon which we relied are utterly rejected as we cling to Christ as infinitely superior. We trade our works for a finished work and confidence in the flesh for confidence in Christ.
3. Knowing Christ in Resurrection Power
Do you want to know Christ in the power of His resurrection? This only comes through counting all things as loss and finding ourselves with the righteousness that comes to us from God by faith in Christ. Furthermore, this resurrection power is evidenced in the lives of those who are willing to share in His sufferings, even unto death.
So, whether Easter has brought about the power of Christ’s resurrection in our lives actually begs deeper questions.
- Have I counted all things as loss in light of the surpassing worth of Christ? Am I continuously doing so?
- Am I trusting that faith in Christ alone has brought about my righteousness?
- Am I willing to suffer with Christ?
The answer to these questions will frame our Easter mindset and more importantly our spiritual condition.