Jesus Is Better Than…

The other morning as I “ran” on the elliptical, I listened to “Don’t Waste Your Life – Sermon Jams.” Sermon jams are clips from sermons of our States-side pastor (John Piper) that are put to a beat. They’re not for everyone, but I think they’re great. 

One of the jams is called “Treasuring Him.” It starts out like this:

“How does Paul make Christ look great? Answer? By experiencing Christ as such a treasure that everything else in his life is as NOTHING by comparison. I count EVERYTHING: money – as loss, food – as loss, looks – as loss, friends – as loss, family – as loss, job and success – as loss, graduation – as loss…in comparison with the treasure that Christ has become to me.”

It made me think about things I value – big and small – that I have especially been missing lately here in Zambia. So, here is my abbreviated list of things that Jesus is better than…

  • Family (husband, parents, grandparents, nieces and nephews…)
  • Church 
  • Friends
  • Small Group
  • Convenience
  • Coffee 
  • Chocolate
  • Hint-of-Lime Tortilla Chips and Salsa
  • Black Beans
  • Cheesecake
  • Music
  • Parks
  • Nelson’s Ice Cream in Stillwater
  • Knitting
  • Reading
  • Fast, Unlimited Internet
  • Discount Shopping
  • Etc…

Of course, Jesus is better than EVERYTHING, including life itself. I find that I often don’t live like Jesus is better than all those things I listed. But it’s good for me to make a list – to help me remember that Jesus IS better than all those things and to help me pray that I would live in such a way that Jesus would LOOK better than all those things. 

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