“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8). Read that sentence again, or several times. Before this verse, Paul listed all the achievements in his life that preceded knowing Jesus as his Lord, but to him they were “rubbish” compared to growing in his knowledge and intimacy with Jesus. In this single pursuit, Paul said, “One thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (3:13-14).
A fruitful life in Christ must hinge on that one pursuit--“knowing Christ”. How is this accomplished in our lives? Bible reading and study is essential. Prayer is critical. But “knowing Christ” is only gained through a personal walk of intimacy with Jesus. Every facet of our lives must be considered an opportunity to grow in this relationship.
Paul knew from personal experience that “knowing Christ” had “surpassing worth” compared to everything else in life. Can you say that of your relationship the Lord? One way to measure this is by identifying those things you allow to interrupt and steal your time with Him. Even when you are doing ordinary responsibilities, is He very near in your thoughts and heart? David said, “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken” (Psalm 16:8). Is that how you feel about your pursuit in “knowing Christ”? If not, take this moment to make it your one goal in life.
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