I want to know Christ–yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, Philippians 3:10
Knowledge is something that most people are searching for. Search engines are one of the greatest tools on the internet, that are used billions of times every day by people around the world.
People are wanting to know how to do nearly everything and anything. They want to be able to understand nearly everything. One common thing many search for is how to really live a life that is full of purpose.
As Paul talks about the need for faith over works, he points out that he really wants to know Jesus, both his resurrection and his sufferings, so that he may be more like Him.
Churches are filled with people who have placed at least some faith in Jesus. These people want to be saved from their sins and from judgement. While this does save them, many stop right there and don’t go any farther with their walk with God, not really wanting to know the power of the resurrection bringing out a new creation, nor knowing and understanding the sufferings Jesus went through.
The moment suffering starts, most will cry out to God asking for it to be immediately stopped or else they get mad at God and walk away. Instead of embracing suffering for Christ, they turn angry and bitter. During times like this, instead of growing in their faith and becoming more like Jesus, they become more like the world.
Going through suffering for the sake of Jesus, will help a believer grow stronger in his faith in God. He will see God’s hand strengthen and provide for him in ways that could not be seen or learned without suffering. It will make him more like Jesus.
As a believer in Jesus, you must ask yourself what you really want to know about Jesus. It is easy to know the stories of Jesus from the bible, but that does not give the same knowledge as going through the same types of sufferings He did.
To fully understand and appreciate what Jesus did, you must be willing to walk the same path He did. Be willing to lay down your life for others to know Jesus and go through pain and suffering to get the message out.
What do you really want to know?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the power of His resurrection; that you will participate in His suffering to spread the gospel message of salvation; and that you will become more like Jesus every day.
For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2
Knowledge is something that everyone appears to be seeking. People want to know more and more. They want to be able to know more faster and faster.
With the internet, information about nearly anything and everything can be found almost instantly. Information is often sought out to make life easier by making oneself richer, happier, healthier or more popular.
It can be overwhelming from some people as to how much information is available. Many struggle with where to start in their search for good, reliable information.
Paul tells the Corinthian church that he did not want to know anything except about Jesus and his crucifixion while he was with them.
Looking at the bible and Christianity, there is a lot of information available. There are hundreds of topics one can study in the bible alone. Then there are hundreds of more topics that can be studied concerning Christianity outside of the bible.
Even though it is good to know all the information available, it can become overwhelming and bog one down with not having the best information first. As with any topic, there are certain pieces of information that are most important to know first. Knowing these pieces can set a firm foundation for all the other information learned.
The beginning foundation for Christianity is knowing Jesus and His crucifixion. If one begins on anything else, he has a faulty foundation that is not Christianity, nor will it stand the test of time and struggles in life.
Knowing Jesus is knowing what, how and why He thinks, speaks and acts in every situation as He does. Then it leads one to think, speak and act in the same way. And it was His crucifixion that gives a person the ability and reason to live this way.
There are things that you must learn in order to do your job or to just live life on this planet. While all of these things can be important, the most important thing is to know Jesus. You can know everything and gain the whole world, but lose your soul and die for eternity if you don’t know Jesus and Him crucified for you.
Put all of your first efforts and strength in knowing Jesus more and more. Then focus on living as Jesus did more and more. That is the most important information to know.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what Jesus did for you; that you will learn to think, speak and act like Jesus; and that your first focus will be on living for God.