“That I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death” (Philippians 3:10).
Last week a couple of the guys in the program and I went to see Lee Strobel’s Case for Christ. It was a refreshing movie with a lot of great insight. Without spoiling, the movie was interesting story of how Lee and his wife came to know Jesus on different journeys. The Word coupled with some sensitive circumstances and the actions of a kind woman pricked his wife. Alternately, Lee the investigative reporter needed hard-core evidence. Lee sought, with a hardened heart, to disprove the risen Savior with every protocol that contemporary journalism offers. He wanted to know…
Paul approaches Jesus with both personal encounter and a wealth of understanding. In addition, he never settled for mediocre Christianity; he wanted to know more. Paul knew what the scriptures were saying, but he wanted the knowledge of the ‘Person.’ He yearned for deeper complexity and sustenance; a richer understanding of the Christ.
Know that there is no complete comprehension of the righteousness of Christ, without proper understanding. We will never have a full understanding of the whole counsel of God; however… Have you become complacent in your understanding, have you built towers around a theology that leaves no room for error, how do you know what you know? To know is to allow the Holy Spirit to illuminate God’s Word, His presence, His Way to directed you in the purpose He has for you. Wouldn’t it be awesome to really Know?
Written by Juan Mendez: Juan is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and full-time staff member at America’s Keswick.
Daily Quote: “We need to learn to know Him so well that we feel safe when we have left our difficulties with Him. To know in that way is a prerequisite of all true prayer.” – Ole Hallesby
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
“holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.” Philippians 2:16