These words were penned by a man who also said, “I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some some”. Paul had a deep understanding of what it meant to first fall in love with Christ, and then in that love, he would discover an amazing, unwavering love for others.
This love for others would drive Paul into a ministry that would cost him everything. He was willing to lay down his own personal wants and desires, even his life, to add souls to the kingdom of God. His desire went far beyond the hope to just satisfy the requirements of God. Paul had a longing, a need, an unstoppable desire to bring souls to a savior who had loved him even when he was lost in sin.
Let the passion of Pauls words in Philippians chapter three flood through your soul as you read them. Try and let yourself go beyond just “reading the Bible”. Allow yourself be awoken by the hunger that drove Paul to the depths of his relationship with God.
7. But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, 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 is through faith in a Christ, the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ, yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
These words, his passion on display, his need to have intimacy with Christ, it shaped a man like Paul into an apostle of Christ.
God can not make you love him, nor can he force you to love those around you. He can only display his love for you in hopes that you will begin to experience it for yourself, and in turn, share it with those around you.