READ : Philippians 3:7-11
I want to know Christ . . . (v. 10)
It’s not that Paul didn’t already know Christ. He’s long past first-time introductions. In fact, he says that his knowing Christ is a thing of surpassing greatness. Still he longs to know Christ better.
This knowledge is personal. It’s not just knowing something about Christ, it’s having a relationship. Paul means to know him as children and parents know each other, as husbands know wives, as friends know one another.
To grow in such knowledge requires staying in touch. Relationships grow through communication. It may be true that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it also makes for strangers. We need to make a point of being together with the Lord, sometimes in deep silence, at other times in ecstatic joy, but always with the understanding that he is very near.
To grow also requires holding things in common, having similar passions, interests and goals. We’re on the same page, have the same agenda. There are some friends whom you haven’t seen for years, yet when you meet again, you can reconnect immediately because your hearts still care about the same things.
Paul wants to know Christ, to know the power of his resurrection and to share his suffering. They’re close, and getting closer. Their hearts care about the same thing.
Lord Jesus, may we never stop wanting to know you better. Amen.