Joseph Iregbu

Purpose Guy

Lose to Win

As 2015 draws closer to an end, you should reflect on your life; successes, failures, achievements, and challenges. A tone of gratitude should not be missing in your reflection, no matter your present circumstances.

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The measure of your life’s worth

Through the years, I’ve learned the art of perspective; no matter how difficult my situation, I’ve learned to trust that every challenge has a solution. Troubles come, troubles pass and hope is what pulls us through.

As 2016 approaches, I’d like to challenge you to think, act and live differently. I’ve been at a spiritual retreat in the past few days and these two verses of scriptures I’m about to share with you have stuck to my heart ever since:

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 — Philippians 3:7-8.

There is a glorious worth and purpose in life. It’s bigger than what you earn, where you live, what you drive and what you wear. The worth of your life is not measured by these. Instead, your true worth is measured by how much of Christ is a reality in you.

Choosing to lose to win

In my previous post, I wrote about embracing the joy of inconvenience. In the text above, the challenge is far deeper and it’s this:

The pathway to ultimate gain in life is ‘losing’.

That’s huge! Think about it. In order to gain the Bread of Life, Paul had to lose the breadcrumbs. But there’s something MUCH bigger going on in Philippians 3:7-8… PAUL CHOSE THIS PATH! He didn’t let life happen to him, he chose this.

There lies the challenge for you in 2016. Are you willing to chose to lose in order to gain? Are you willing to chose to lose in order to win? Are you willing to choose inconvenience so you can experience eternal joy? Are you willing to look at your talent, knowledge, family and hobbies, and say:

“I choose Christ and everything that comes with that decision, including suffering, above every comfort of life and the things I hold precious to me?”

Forget religion. This is about the ultimate path of your soul; one only you can decide. Let me remind you again;

the worth of your life will NEVER be measured by what you know or have, but WHO you know and embrace as your Ultimate Treasure!

What’s your choice today? Are you ready to lose to ultimately win?

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About Joseph Iregbu

From a homeless, near-school-dropout to living a story worth telling. Purpose is my passion. What's your story?

2 Replies

  1. I like your focus Joseph, I’m trying to remind myself of God’s goodness to me and the ways He chose to use me over the past year, it makes a big difference in my attitude and my ability to be grateful!

    Blessings to you brother in 2016!

    1. Thanks Caleb. Great blessings to you, your family and the ministry in 2016. More grace!

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