Excerpt from J.I. Packer’s Knowing God, Chapter 2…’The People Who Know Their God’:
“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ,” wrote Paul. ” What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him… I want to know Christ (Phil 3:7-10) When Paul says he counts the things he lost rubbish, or dung (KJV), he means not merely that he does not think of them as having any value, but also that he does not live with them constantly in his mind: what normal person spends his time nostalgically dreaming of manure? Yet this, in effect, is what many of us do. It shows how little we have in the way of true knowledge of God.