I Want To Know Christ

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.  Philippians 3:10-11
What a statement the apostle Paul made; I want to know Christ! If we were to stop right there we would have enough to keep us busy for the rest of our lives here on earth. But people being people, we want more! Therefore, many of us
would be willing to embrace the next part of Paul’s statement, that we want to know, “the power of his resurrection”, but many have no
desire to seek the “fellowship of sharing in his sufferings.” After all, mama didn’t raise no fool! And truly, who of us would chose a path that 
makes us uncomfortable; much less take it a step further and suffer? Let’s get real, that is not what we thought about when we chose this life of faith.
 
Consider this though; if we truly want to know Christ, as Paul wrote about, then we must be willing to walk not only in the glorious power, but we must also find kinship with Jesus in the sufferings as well. Now before we proceed any further we should probably take a look at the definition of suffering.
 
Suffering -bearing; undergoing pain, inconvenience or damage; permitting; allowing. The bearing of pain, inconvenience or loss; pain endured; distress, loss or injury incurred; as sufferings by pain or sorrow; sufferings by want or by wrongs.
 
Wow, look at this! Part of our sharing in Christ’s sufferings is to do it the way he did it, by permitting and/or allowing the sufferings to take place. Which means we should not whine and gripe about it while doing so either. How did Jesus do it when he was faced with the suffering of the cross? Acts 8:32 has this reference, “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter. And as a lamb is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth.”
 
So besides our wanting to know the mighty power of God that raised Jesus from the dead, what are we willing to give up (loss) or what pain, inconvenience, distress, sorrow or injury will we endure, all for the joy of knowing Christ! It is a personal choice for each one of us, and one not to be made lightly.
 
And let us not ignore or gloss over this one aspect of the definition for the word suffering; “sufferings by want or by wrongs.” Now each one of us has a dream or desire that is near and dear to our heart. Something we may actively pursue, or think of wistfully from a distance. Some may feel it so fiercely though, that their wants and desires literally haunt them, or cause deep distress.
 
The same can happen regarding promises of God. Do you feel you have received a specific promise from God regarding something? Good! Hold on to it and believe that what He said he would do, he’ll do! But don’t allow the promise to become larger than the One who promised. Don’t let the promise, or the want, desire or dream to consume you to the point
where you become discouraged, frustrated, or where you lose your faith, in the waiting.
 
Use the waiting time in getting to know Father better. Commit yourself, as Paul did; allow your heart to cry out, “I-Want-To-Know-Christ!”

2 Responses to “I Want To Know Christ”

  1. Norma Sigler says:

    Thanks so much for forwarding this article. It is something I will keep in my ‘special’ file so I can read it on a regular basis and refer to it as needed.

    We humans often break promises. Sometimes
    intentional and sometimes unintentional; however,
    it is wonderful to know that God NEVER BREAKS
    HIS PROMISES.

  2. Shawna Riley says:

    This was wonderful! I have been having a lot of anxiety lately about my hopes and dreams for the future. I need to remember to give it to him and not spend my time worrying but take the time to know God better. Thank you for this.

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