I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. (Philippians 3:10-11 – NIV) Read more here…
Christian faith is about a relationship. One of things that steal or joy is dead religion, which emphasizes works that are void of faith. It says if you do more, then you will be better. If you pray more, if you give more, if you do more of this and more of that, then you will be a good Christian. In verses 4 to 6, Paul lists a catalog of his religious credentials. By any religious standards he was an accomplished man. He must have been greatly admired by many of his contemporaries. But he adds that “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ” (verse 7)
Religion gives us a false impression of who we really are. It makes us to compare ourselves with others. And says, “See, you are better that so and so. You don’t do what he does.”
After his encounter with Christ, Paul now wanted one thing: “to know Christ” (verse 10). As John Piper puts it, “God is most glorified when we are more satisfied in him.” It is relationship with Christ, and not religion, which is key to our spiritual formation.
Knowing Christ is more than an intellectual exercise. In the Bible “to know” is used for a relationship between husband and wife. Adam knew his wife and she conceived (cf. Genesis 4:1). Knowing Christ is an intimate pursuit. In other words, Paul is saying, I want to re-orient my life to the life of ONE, Jesus Christ—His example in life, death and also sharing in the power of his resurrection.
In Christ we have the power to overcome sin; the power to live victorious lives. It is the power that enables us to live according to God’s will; the power to love the unlovable. Contrary to popular depictions of Christianity today, Biblical Christianity is marked by suffering for Christ. It enables one to say, “I want to live for you to the end; even if that may mean death.”
If you asked one thing that I desire for each person that reads this devotional every week, this is what I would say: “I want, I pray that each one of you will come to understand that God is longing for a relationship with you.” The greatest thing that could ever happen to you is to be in love with Christ—to have Him as your friend. God is calling us to a joyful relationship with him.
I would like to invite you this life-transforming pursuit of knowing Christ.