The Greatness of Knowing Christ
What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.Philippians 3:8
The apostle Paul lost everything and suffered greatly, but the greatest thing in Paul’s life was knowing Christ. How close are we to Christ in this life? We seek to be close to Christ by serving him, meditating on the Word, praying, ministering, fellowship with other Christians, and bringing Christ to the world.
When we follow the Spirit bringing Christ to people, the Lord fills our hearts with his love, and it’s love that gives us a close connection to the Father and the Son, because God is love. Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. (1 John 4:7) The process of obeying God’s command by serving Christ, we are constantly getting closer to Christ and hearts are getting filled with his divine love. We are becoming more like Jesus every day when we live for Christ.
To know the greatness of Christ in our lives, our faith must fully trust the Lord’s will over our own understanding, otherwise we may hesitate to fully serve the Lord and our hearts will not be filled with God’s love. And how can we be like Jesus without having our hearts filled with love? It’s love that connects us to Christ and it’s love that motivates us to minister to the world. Some certainly preach Christ with jealous and competitive motives, but others preach with good motives. They are motivated by love, because they know that I’m put here to give a defense of the gospel; (Philippians 1:15-16) The apostle Paul was motivated by love, love for Christ and love for people.
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. (Philippians 4:11-12) The apostle Paul was close to Christ and his soul was continuously feed with blessings from Heaven to where he was content in all circumstances.
When we have a close relationship with Christ, he will fill our soul with divine blessings that are more powerful than things of the world. Remember life is our soul because it is our thoughts, personality, will, and emotions; and when our soul is content from Heaven, we have overcome the world. The body without the spirit is dead. (James 2:26) Only God can make our soul content with divine blessing from Heaven. The closer our relationship is with Christ, the more powerful theses blessing become.
Today seek to be closer to Christ as he guides you through the day. The more Christlike we become the closer our relationship. Come near to God and he will come near to you. (James 4:8)
Prayer: Lord be with me today and guide me to reflect Jesus to everyone. In Jesus name, Amen