Friday, September 11, 2009

Philippians 3:1-16

Today's reading speaks, among other things, thoughts about knowing Jesus (see verse 3:8). To "know" Christ is not simply to know of Him. We all know the story of Christ. According to the MacArthur Bible Commentary, the Greek verb "to know" means to know experientially or personally. "It is equivalent to a shared life with Christ" as stated by MacArthur.

Wow. I don't know about each of you, but I have had occasion over my lifetime to share my life with several different folks. First, there were my mother, father and brothers. Sharing life with them did not feel much like sharing. Maybe it was because I was the youngest and the only girl, but I was pretty much told what would happen and when. Then, in college, I shared my life with roommates. That was more like NATO negotiations over who would have what side of the closet, whose music we would listen to, who could share in the bounty of the small refrigerator. Then, at least in my life, I married early and we began the marriage negotiations. Who picked the new car, who cooked, who cleaned, and on and on. Obviously it worked because we have been married for almost 30 years and have two college kids. Maybe I should apply to NATO!

But, my knowledge of all those I have shared my life with is nothing like the knowledge we could or even should have of Jesus. Indeed, it does not measure to the relationship Jesus wants to have with each of us.

So, how do we get there? How do we get to the "surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord"?

Baby steps. Start by praying. All the time. Talk to Jesus. Anytime, anywhere. You will be amazed at how that affects your daily life. I don't mean that the actual praying will be a chore; instead, the freedom you will feel by praying will be enormous. At least it has been for me.

He's right there. And He wants to be part of your life. He wants you to "know" Him.

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