The One I Want To Know (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 334)
Philippians 3:10-11 (NLT)
I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!
There is a very big difference between knowing about someone and actually knowing someone. We could all say that we know about our favorite sports figure or celebrity but we don’t really know them. We know about the leaders of our country but we don’t really know them on a personal level. We know about them by what we read, see, or hear, but we don’t know them like we know our spouse, children, or friend.
This is how a lot of us are with God. We say we know God but we really don’t know Him; we only know about Him. We think that by going to church on Sundays or reciting a prayer that our parents taught us every night before bed determines whether we know God. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you want to go beyond knowing about someone, you must spend time with them on a regular basis. This means developing a relationship with them.
Paul understood this. He didn’t just want to know about God; He wanted to know God so deeply that he would “experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead”. And if we want to experience this “mighty power” in our lives today, we won’t get there by singing some songs and listening to a sermon on Sunday morning. That’s not going to cut it. We have to take the time to get to know God, to have a relationship with him. When we get to know someone, we know more than what they do for a living. We know what makes them happy, what makes them sad, and what they’re passionate about.
When you get to know someone, you discover what makes their heart beat. This is the level at which God longs to be known. You don’t get to know someone by sticking your head in the door at the end of the week. You have to put the time in and make the effort to communicate and be together. God wants you to spend time with him and he wants to spend time with you. That’s how you build relationships. That’s how you get to know the One who can make all the difference in your life.
“Once you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life’s problems fall into place of their own accord.”
— J.I. Packer