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. —Philippians 3:8
I recently saw a skit based on this Bible verse in which a man and a woman were each holding garbage bags full of “rubbish.”
Each talked about the bad “garbage” of their lives that was weighing them down—addictions, pride, unhealthy habits, dirty thoughts, hurtful words and harmful actions toward others. Then they tossed that “baggage” aside.
Then each spoke about the good “garbage” of their lives that seemed important in the eyes of the world: accomplishments, accolades, trophies, honors, jobs well done. Then they tossed those bags offstage.
Then a cross emerged from behind them as they read Philippians 3:8 in unison.
I found the skit very moving because it reiterated the fact for me that even the things that I value most in this world are still not worth comparing to the precious relationship I have with Christ who suffered and died for my eternal salvation.
It is sort of hard on our ears to hear even the “good” things in life referred to as “rubbish,” but Paul wants to make it perfectly clear to us that nothing else matters except our relationship with Christ.
All things—not just some things—are rubbish when we stand in the shadow of the cross. But what we gain in exchange is Christ, and he is all we need.