(8) “Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”
(9)“and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith.”
Whatever I gave up to follow Christ was completely worth it. For years I had found my identity in sports and for years I was okay with that because it was my own selfish desires and wants that were taking me away from Christ and His plan for me. Now my identity is found in Christ because I took off my old self which consisted of sin, hatred, bitterness, and selfishness and put on Him which consists of love, patience, kindness, and joy. My righteousness through faith in Him, the righteousness that is only found through faith in Him is far greater than any other righteousness I could attain.