How much value do we place on knowing Christ Jesus? Do we actively pursue a relationship with Him, or is our approach more like “out of sight, out of mind?”
How would our perspective change if we considered the advantages of knowing God well? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be more consistently obedient, better equipped as a member of the body of Christ, and comforted when we feel hurt or alone? Don’t we want to feel God’s strength and presence through every trial, heal from the consequences of our poor choices, and better manage our emotions?
As in any relationship, if we want to know God, we must purpose to do so. Philippians 3:10a (AMPC) describes the fullness of this “knowing:”
[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly].
I love to imagine what knowing our Savior this intimately would be like. How would it change me? What about you? Do you also crave the joy of knowing “the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly”?
Imagine the excitement of having a relationship with God that is so intimate that He reveals Himself in ways you never thought possible. Consider the freedom you’ll feel when your relationship with Him becomes more important than your “right” to hate or hold a grudge. Think about the joy you’ll experience as He empowers you to conquer that addiction to drugs, pornography or alcohol.
As we grow in our relationship with our Lord, stress begins to lift off us because we’re no longer convinced that we know what’s best for us. We begin to trust God’s way, instead.
I’m convinced that the wisdom and joy we’ll experience will be worth far more than any effort we invest – and everything we may have to give up. How about you?
Father, help us to know You. Help us make it our determined purpose to be more deeply and intimately acquainted with You. Take us to the place where we can experience the incomprehensible joy of knowing the very wonders of Your Person. Amen.
What about you?
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- How would knowing God better change your relationship with Him?
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