I want to know Christ and the power
of His resurrection…Philippians 3:10 NIV
In Philippians three, the Apostle Paul enumerates his reasons for having confidence in the flesh—his human standing and ability:
Circumcised on the eight day after birth; a Jew
A Jew by nationality and upbringing
A Pharisee regarding the law
A zeal for persecuting the church
Faultless in his legalistic righteousness
Yet in Philippians 3:7-8 Paul writes, “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 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”
In verse nine, He goes on to write, “and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.”
Paul would not settle for intellectual knowledge about Christ, but desired to experientially and intimately have a shared life with Christ—to be found in Him by laying aside his human righteousness in the law in exchange for righteousness in Christ through faith in Him. Total dependence and trust in Jesus Christ!
Do you, like Paul, desire an intimate experiential knowing of Christ? Are you willing to lay aside the desires of your flesh in your pursuit of knowing Him? Does Jesus matter more than all else in your life? Will you join me as together we pray, Lord, I want to know You?
© Joyce Powell