Text: Philippians 3:7-11
“that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,”
The hymn, “More about Jesus would I know”, written by Eliza Hewitt, expresses the inner cry of every believer who is earnestly longing for perfection.
After many years of service and great exploits for the kingdom, apostle Paul still cried out, “that I may know Him…” (Phil 3:10). Knowing Jesus was his life’s goal. It was so important to him that he gave up all things for that singular pursuit. He counted them as rubbish. What have you lost to know more about Christ? Your status, your titles, your achievements, your money, your family or social relationships can hinder you from gaining His knowledge. While, an unarmed young millionaire couldn’t give up his gold to get God, an unwanted tax administrator gave up his status to see Jesus! (Matt 19:21; Luke 19:4).
God wants you to grow in the personal knowledge of Him and not intellectual or academic knowledge. Some have acquired more academic degrees except the knowledge about God! They know the Bible but not the God of the Bible! They are growing more intellectually but not growing in grace; growing in sense knowledge but not in revelation knowledge!
To Paul, knowing Him was more important than serving Him. This is the error in the church today, as many want to serve without knowing and want to gain Him without losing anything! (Mark 3:14; Luke 10:39-40)
Friends, God’s goal is that we will come to the perfect, personal and fuller knowledge of the Son of God (Eph 4:13). Where are you on that scale? Let’s personally set our goal of knowing more about Jesus with this big picture in view while we throw away all things that can impede this eternal goal.
1. Father, please, create an insatiable hunger in me to know more about Your Son, in Jesus name.
2. Father, please reveal Jesus and His glory personally to me in Jesus name.
1. The more I know Him, the more the things of the earth strangely grow dimmer at the light of His glory and grace.
2. The knowledge about Jesus that you gained is a function of what you have lost to gain Him.