Perhaps the greatest Christian that ever lived, the most committed, the one who did more to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world than anyone else was Paul the apostle. And in chapter three of Philippians Paul reveals his thoughts and motivations that tell a story as to why he was able to accomplish so much. First he explains to them that he is of the chosen people, the circumcision, a Jew of Jews, a teacher of the law, a Pharisee and as such he could come to them in this capacity, but he would be coming by his own strength in the flesh. Instead ‘he counted all of those things but loss, for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus his Lord’. In fact, he goes on to describe those things, his training, heritage, position and birth as DUNG. What a powerful statement! Finally he says, “THAT I MAY KNOW HIM”, the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His suffering. There is something noticeably missing here. He mentions no specific doctrine, he says nothing about what we must or must not do . . . and therein lies the secret to his depth of understanding and success in spreading truth. He sought only to know Jesus, personally and intimately, nothing else. Wholly committed to Him and Him only empowered Paul to do things of great spiritual value.

 

As we of lessor capacity walk the Christian life we read of Him, seek advice about Him, get counsel from others, follow great speakers, spend time in popular study guides to see what we should do, study doctrine and join churches that seem to believe the same as we do (none of which is bad) but how much time do we spend getting to know HIM? How much time do we spend alone in our closet praying, asking Him questions and then waiting, waiting for Him to answer? Have we been persistent enough to convince the Lord that we are serious and that we want to be led by Him above anything else? If so, He will speak and when He does we will begin to ‘know Him’, recognize His voice, and be led by the Holy Spirit of God. We will experience a life that we did not know existed. Those who have made this journey and know Him make up the true Church of God. They will never be the same but will depart the nominal Christian community and press toward the high calling of Christ Jesus. The choice is ours.

 

Thou my everlasting portion,

More than friend or life to me,

All along my pilgrim journey,

Saviour let me walk with Thee . . . (Close to Thee)