“. . . That I may know Him and the power of His Resurrection. . . “ (Philippians 3:10)
Truth is not seasonal. We should pay attention to it at all times. However, days of special emphasis provide opportunity to pause, and just think about things that really matter. Just meditate. No pre-conceived conclusions. Just think.
Thus it is, that at Christmas, Good Friday, and Easter most of us take time to at least briefly, even if superficially, think about these events.
During this season, my own spiritual quest is focused on a statement the Apostle Paul made in one of his letters to a young fellowship of believers.
Paul was as influential as anyone who ever spoke or wrote a word about the life of Christ. His courage and faith have been inspirational to millions, for centuries, around the world. The writers of the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life introduce the Messiah and tell many of the things He said and did. But it was Paul who drew the implications of that single Life and put it into a cohesive theology. His words and work have been a major influence on Christian theology, evangelism, missions, art, etc.
To say he is an important figure in Christianity is to merely state the obvious. It is one of those hilariously ridiculous understatements. He held us to a high standard of excellence. His work continues to influence Christ’s followers to this day. He is certainly an admirable example of faith. A giant who stands head and shoulders taller than most of the “giants” of the Christian faith.
As he stated his priorities, I felt they were clear and that I should consider making them my own. If someone is that successful and influential, I believe he’s worth hearing. Paul’s courage, his faith, and his achievements and contributions certainly confirm that his example is one worth following.
Considering what was the most important goal of his life, Paul said it was simply: “That I may know Him (Jesus.). . .” That was Paul’s priority. It was his laser focus. Nothing. Absolutely no one and nothing ever distracted his attention or diverted his pressing toward that mark.
So, that is one of the things on which I’m concentrating during this Easter season: “That I may know Christ.” How then may I know Him? What must I do? The Crucifixion and the Resurrection are not just knit together closely in time. They are two of the crucial elements of the Christian faith. Knowing Christ is going to carry with it an understanding of both the Death and Resurrection of Christ. On the other hand, when we grasp some of the significance of those two events, we also come to know Jesus Christ.
Let’s talk about that and think about it a bit. How may I KNOW Christ? No fancy language or impractical, unobtainable objectives, please. Let’s talk plain and real.
The Lord’s son and servant, your friend and fellow student ~donkimrey