From Handbook to Wisdom, Day 187
ABOVE ALL ELSE
To me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
Whatever was gain to me I now consider loss
for the sake of Christ.
What is more, I consider all things loss
compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing
Christ Jesus my Lord,
for whose sake I have suffered the loss of all things
and consider them rubbish, 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 is through faith in Christ—the
righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.
Lord Jesus, You are my life, and to die is to be ushered into Your manifest presence. Nothing this world has to offer can remotely compare with such a real and abiding treasure. The basis for my welcome to the Father’s household is the righteousness You have offered by grace through faith. Amen.