Sunday, October 10, 2021
“That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.” (Philippians 3:10) WOW what a statement.
This verse sums up Paul’s primary pursuit in life; to know Christ. This letter was written from Paul’s prison cell in Rome. Paul writes this personal letter in which he comes to terms with an accomplished past and a confining present.
After his past as a persecutor of God’s people and through his superior religious activities as a Pharisee, Paul came to the liberating conclusion that all is rubbish compared to knowing the Lord. While in chains, in a cell, Paul knew he was freed from the stagnation of yesterday’s victories and the emotional paralysis of yesterday’s mistakes. Paul knew that the only thing that ultimately counted was to know the Lord and being obedient to His will.
Not only was his past subsumed by this singular passion, his present imprisonment could not snatch from him the joy of knowing Christ. Prison chains could not keep him from pursuing God, nor dull his effectiveness in ministry. Paul’s desire to know Christ sprang from no other motive but to enjoy. He wanted Christ for Christ’s sake, not his own. He was a lover of God, not a user of God. And whether he moved in Christ’s resurrection power or was stretched to his last ounce of endurance, it mattered little.
For Paul, it was all a part of the most fulfilling journey of all; truly knowing God.
You are loved, Pastor Don