Wednesday, August 09, 2006

To Know Him

Philippians 3:10 (Today's New International Version)
Today's New International Version (TNIV)
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10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,

What an ambition: "To know Christ and the power of his resurrection." Only something that has died can be resurrected.

The verse goes on to talk of participating in his sufferings, "Becoming like him in his death." In this verse is enough sobering food for thought today. No easy following here, but a choice that casts off normal concern for self preservation and comfort. Ah, but the prize..."To know Christ." To know him is all that really matters and with that knowing comes the power of his resurrection.

The apostle Paul lived the words he wrote to the church in Philippi. He promised nothing but hardship, the way of the cross, for those who would know Christ. I wonder, have I yet set foot on that path, or gone more than a few steps? Whatever span of life remains to me, long or short, I want him to have all of me.

Prayer: Dear Lord, there are areas in me that need to die, places of compromise, places of weakness. Please show me how to let go of the things that diminish your life in me. I want to know you fully.

Philippians 3:8-9 (Today's New International Version)
Today's New International Version (TNIV)
© Copyright 2001, 2005 by International Bible Society
8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 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—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.

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