To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
March/April 2016 Issue – Straight from the Heart, ‘I have you in my heart … all of you share God’s grace with me’ Philippians 1:7
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Philippians 3:10-11 (NIVUK): ”I want to know Christ – yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.”
I liked the way, Selwyn introduces today’s study, especially the idea that we can never fully know Jesus, there is always more to discover about His love and grace.
He says: “The extraordinary re-evaluation of his life that Paul had undergone gave him a completely new ambition: he declares that he wants above all to know Jesus and the power of His resurrection.
But Paul already knew Him. So what did he mean? Surely he meant that whatever he knew of Him there was still much more to be known. In other words, he wants to know Jesus more and more. Isn’t that the desire of us all?”
Perhaps, we can pause at this point, and think about the ways our relationship with Jesus has changed over the past year. What do you now know about Jesus’ love for you that has become clearer in your heart and mind over the past twelve months?
I also liked this part of today’s study: “So when Paul speaks of knowing Jesus more he is speaking out of an already profound, firsthand experience – of knowing Jesus penetrating to the depths of his personality, of Jesus being the dominating influence in his life, of Jesus giving him the courage to” face all sorts of difficulties. ” And knowing all that, Paul is aware that there is more to know and actively seeks this additional knowledge.
How do we seek a fuller understanding of God’s love for us? By reading His Word, seeking the truth through the power of His Holy Spirit, by persistent prayer. When we approach the throne of God in confidence, and ask for a greater revelation of His nature, then we will be blessed by requesting a broader and deeper knowledge of His love. Because it is a good thing for a child of God to do, to get to know their Father better!