How may I Know Christ?

“. . . That I may know Him and the power of His Resurrection. . . ” Philippians 3:10  

In order to know anyone, or anything, you have to spend time on that subject.  Common sense tells you this. In this case, I believe “knowing Christ” involves a lifetime.  For quite some time now (and perhaps for the rest of my time here), I’ve been thinking about what Paul wrote to his friends at Philippi. He expresses both a desire and a determination.  Here, and elsewhere, Paul says the driving ambition, the main priority, the burning passion of his life is to “know Christ.”

Here’s one thought which occurred to me while I’ve been thinking about that: You have to decide to pursue that idea.  You don’t simply “desire” that knowledge.  You go after it with all your heart.  Paul said:  “I determined not to know anything among you, except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”  To be as clear and brief as I know how to be, knowing Christ (or anyone or anything else) you make a conscious decision to do that.  This involves your choice.  Not simply your emotions, or your intellect, but your will.  Your entire self.  You have to make some choices.  You have to decide what you want. What you really desire.

That decision means you eliminate a lot of other pursuits.  Of necessity.  You simply cannot travel in every direction simultaneously.  You can’t “specialize” in everything.

We aren’t here talking about accumulating of a lot of facts and information about a lot of subjects.  I know a lot of stuff ABOUT a lot of people.   I only know very few people well.  Even fewer intimately.  The ones I know best are the ones I love most, and the ones with whom I spend the most time.  They’re the ones about whom I care most deeply. I also am fortunate to believe they care the most about me.

Perhaps those are the reasons I know them best.

Clearly, I have not exhausted the subject of knowing Christ.  Nor will I, nor anyone else, ever do that.  However, in this season, like so many people around the world, I’m drawn again to consider the Crucifixion and the Resurrection of the Lord Christ.  And I dwell on the unthinkable idea of Deicide, the ultimate, arrogant, ignorant defiance and rejection by mankind of God’s love.  The extent to which God goes to show how much he loves. And then the Resurrection, which shows the incredible power of that love!

Words simply fail.

But Paul comes as close as anyone can to expressing the right response to those actions.  It should create in me an unquenchable thirst to know more.

I breathe those words.  Quietly.  Reverently. What a lofty aspiration!  What a worthy goal!  How better could I invest my life?  Of all the things the great theologian/evangelist ever accomplished, his focus remained on (1.) Knowing Christ, (2.) The power of His resurrection and (3.) The “fellowship of his suffering” (the crucifixion.). I suspect we could do nothing more important with our time than to share his pursuit of these three great ideas.

“That I may know Christ, and the power of His resurrection. . . “

God’s son and servant, your friend and fellow student, ~donkimrey

God’s son and servant, your friend and fellow student, ~donkimrey

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2 responses to “How may I Know Christ?

  1. Michael Britton

    I really do like this post and i want to know more pls

    • Michael, did I respond to your comment about a post I did. I try to be dilligent about things like that, but fear I may have missed your note somehow. Please let me know, and I’ll follow up. Thanks for your visit. Don Kimrey

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