It’s easy to get caught up in believing the lie that attending church on Sunday and a few classes or small groups along the way is enough. Maybe we even tune into the Christian radio from time to time or say or prayers before meals. These things, and many others, easily can fall into the category of knowing about God instead of knowing God.
Jesus made a number of very profound statements in his last week on this earth. Just after his triumphal entry intro Jerusalem, he predicted his death once again. As part of his discourse he proclaimed, “The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” (John 12:25) The person, besides Jesus, that understood this way of thinking the most was Paul. This man got it! “More 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 3:8).
So how do we get to that place where we can literally count everything else as a distant second to Jesus? When I lived in Texas a friend of mine and I would go to a Catholic retreat center each year for reflection. Our spiritual mentor once told us, “The goal is to be passionately indifferent about all things except Jesus.” Translation: It’s ok for us to be passionate about certain things, but our passion should seem like indifference compared to our connection with Jesus.
Lie: If we do all of the “right” Christian things we will be ok
Truth: Real life comes through knowing God
“ I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” (Phil 3:8)