1 This world had great rewards to give
and counts achievements high,
but all its honours and delights
can never satisfy.

2 For love of God I count as loss
my profit and my pride;
there's greater gain in knowing Christ
than all the world beside.

3 For Christ has made me right with God,
his merit now is mine;
and faith alone joins me to Christ
by his supreme design.

4 His is the strength by which I live;
his risen life I share;
and if I want to rise with him
I suffer with him here.

5 I have not yet obtained the prize,
complete in heart and soul,
but turn my back on what is past
and reach for Christ, my Goal.

Christopher Idle from Philippians 3
© Christopher Idle/Jubilate Hymns Ltd
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