Scripture

Philippians 3:10

I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.

Reflection

This year, Our Senior Pastor has asked us as a church to have one focus, this scripture (Philippians 3:10). If you are like me, when you heard this, your initial thought might have been, “That is sort of a random scripture.” I trust that Pastor David was led by the Holy Spirit to proclaim this verse, and I trust God to lead us through the study of this verse as well. But I’ve had to pray about and study these words a bit. And guess what happens when you do that - you discover something new!

I am sure God has much more to reveal to us, but here is what the Spirit has shown me this week. This verse is about knowing Christ. You’re thinking, “Well duh, Pastor Tina.” Stay with me here. This verse is about really knowing Christ the person, not just the figure of our faith. It’s about knowing the living Christ in such a way that you come to cherish Christ, adore Christ, enjoy your time with Christ. It’s about coming to trust Christ in such a way that He is truly the Lord of your life. How do we ever accomplish such a goal? It’s no big surprise friends - through spiritual disciplines like prayer, study, worship, and regular reading of the Bible. It is in such practices that we get past the name of Christ, and through to the resurrected, living Christ. This is key! You cannot truly know Christ, in such a way that this verse suggests, without spiritual disciplines. 

So the question is, do you want to know Christ, really know Christ?

Prayer

Holy One, Thank you for the gift of your words. Guide me as I read, study, and reflect upon them. Help me experience you in the pages of my Bible. Reveal yourself to me in the words. I long to know Christ more and more each day. May your words be a light to my path. In Jesus name, amen.

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The First 15 is a resource of First Methodist Church Mansfield and meant to grow and enhance your personal relationship with Christ on a daily basis by starting the first fifteen minutes of each day with scripture, reflection and prayer. For more information about First Methodist Church visit our website.