“That I may know Him and the power of his resurrection, the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable to His death.” (Philippians 3:10 KJV)
Here’s where I’d like to drop anchor and just think a bit. In the context surrounding that statement, the Apostle Paul is thinking about things which matter to him most. He’s “prioritizing,” and in my opinion he has his priorities straight. This single simple sentence gives you his opinion of what matters most to him. And they are as profound as they are simple.
I admire Paul greatly. He’s one of the greatest figures in Christian history, perhaps in world history. When Jesus was here, his closest friends (the Disciples) and perhaps some others wrote down the things Jesus said and did. They just recorded things as they happened and recorded them for us in what we call “The Gospels.” It was Paul, above all others, who interpreted the meaning of those acts and deeds and helped formulate a cohesive Christian theology. He’s the one person who tried to show what Jesus words and deeds meant. His courageous faith and preaching were vital in the spread of Jesus’ Gospel. His writing and teaching were perhaps more influential than any Christian thinker who has ever lived. Not just in those exciting early days following the resurrection and the birth of the Church, but even to this very day. The existence of the Church, it’s contribution in the fields of art, music, educational institutions and missions, are immeasurable and continuing. The Apostle Paul played a very crucial role in Church history.
Stated as succinctly as possible, his was a massive mind and a great spirit. No one who is objective could dispute or deny the great contributions he made and the continuing impact those contributions have.
One thing which impresses me about the man is his singular, focused statement of his burning obsession, his supreme priority: ‘That I may know Him, and the Power of His resurrection, the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformed to His death . . .” (Philippians 3:10 KJV)
That laser focused desire and determination was what drove him and served as his compass. It was the key to his power.
As we enter the season when we contemplate Christ’s sacrifice and his resurrection, what a great, great objective for us to have as our own compass! That I may KNOW HIM. . . “
Would I be imposing on our friendship if I asked you to to ponder that thought? Knowing Christ was Paul’s magnificent obsession. His driving ambition. His top priority.
In considering Paul’s desire, I’ve decided that is what I’d like to have as my own goal.
What is yours?
God’s servant, your friend and fellow student, ~donkimrey ><>