READ : Philippians 3:10-14
. . . that I may know him and the power of his resurrection. (v. 10)
Did you ever draw a boundary line around someone? You worried that he or she was too fanatical or too dangerous to be around. We need to have our eyes open in such relationships, asking God if it is helping or hurting us.
What about Jesus? Do we draw a line around him? We believe he was an amazing man who taught powerful truths about God’s kingdom. But that’s about as far as we’re willing to let him in. That’s how I felt for years. Then I came across Philippians 3. I found that like Paul, I wanted to know Christ in every aspect of his being and life experiences—even suffering. Something about Paul’s words made me want to imitate Jesus too. Why is that? What is the prize that Paul said he was running after? That prize is Jesus Christ himself, the author and finisher of our faith.
It is now my life’s work to keep removing barriers to a deep closeness with our Lord Jesus Christ. Brother Lawrence once wrote that “we should establish ourselves in a sense of God’s presence, by continually conversing with him” (“First Conversation,” in Practicing the Presence of God).
This relationship with Jesus surpasses all others. In this relationship we find at last what we have been seeking in all others. Here we find wholeness that, after the times of trial, shall never be taken away.
Dear Jesus, as long as I walk, let me walk with thee.