Doing the One Year Bible, and today covered my favorite verse:
“7But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ.” (phil 3:7-8)
Knowing Jesus…that is the point! Once we get to know Him, and continue to know Him more and more, everything else goes to the perimeter. There is a big difference between knowing about someone and knowing someone. There is an even bigger difference from knowing about something and knowing someone. Most of modern day Christianity is set up to help us know something: How to live a Christian life. We get do’s and don’ts, what is acceptable and what isn’t, and more often than not, we are promised a good life, with very little trouble. The Christian culture is still suffering from the Jabez farce, trying to figure out why praying a prayer that says me or my 7 times doesn’t re work. (was the a tangent, maybe)
Knowing a person requires time. Somehow, we have missed that. We get that is the case with another human, but for some reason we think we can “know” Jesus by hitting a 5 minute devo on our iphone and calling it good for the day. Knowing Jesus is about sitting, listening, sometimes driving with the radio off, getting up earlier or staying up later than your body wants to. It is about surrendering our day and our desires to the Lord, putting the needs of others before our own. It is about paying attention to what God is doing, and partnering with Him in his great work in ourselves and others.
As Paul said, everything else is loss compared to this kind of knowing. A mentor of mine says it this way, “Be passionately indifferent about ALL things except knowing Jesus.” I have a long way to go, but I have tasted enough that I too believe that knowing Jesus is better than anything else…