“I want to know Christ.”
Philippians 3:10, NIV
Paul’s greatest desire was to know Christ. He certainly understood Jesus was Savior, Lord, and King. He wanted to know Christ more personally.
Paul says in his letter to the Philippians, “I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection.” He wanted to know the power that raised Jesus from the dead. Paul said to the Roman Church, “I find myself doing the very thing I hate.” Paul’s desire to know the resurrection power of Jesus meant he desired to know the power that would keep him from sinning. Paul knew that it took the power of God to overcome sin, and he knew Jesus could supply that kind of power. The power that raised Jesus from the dead is the power that is available to each believer. When a believer accesses this power, they will know the supernatural working of God in their life.
Second, Paul said, “I want to know Christ…and the fellowship of his sufferings.” Paul understood what many are not willing to experience. He knew that through the things a person suffers they grow close to God. Those who are suffering are looking for comfort. When a person is disturbed or uncomfortable, they usually begin a search for peace or satisfaction. Jesus taught us, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6) God promises to satisfy those who long for Him. When God comes and satisfies us, we will know Him.
Finally, Paul said, “I want to know God…becoming like him in his death.” Paul understood that if he was going to ever know God, he must die to himself and live for Christ. Paul said it in Galatians this way, “I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” John the Baptist said, “I must decrease and He must increase.”
QUESTION: Do you know Christ? Do you really want to know Christ? Knowing Christ will radically change your life, but it will also satisfy your soul and give you peace and joy beyond measure.