Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 4, 2017

Knowing Jesus

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:06 pm

Philippians 3:8-9 8 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 (NIV)

 The use of this word “know” means to know by experience.  Paul is talking about experiencing the person of Jesus Christ.  This is very different from an intellectual knowledge of Jesus.  We can know every word Jesus spoke and everything Jesus did without experiencing Jesus.  That intellectual knowledge doesn’t do much to change our inner being, our heart attitude to ourselves, others and to God.  Jesus prayed for us to know Him.  He wasn’t talking about our intellectual knowledge of Him.  He wants us to experience Him and know Him personally.  I know a lot of people, many of them by name.  I might be able to tell you where they live and what they do but I really don’t know them in a very personal way.  They really don’t have much impact on my life.  I have and continue to experience Jesus in my life.  He has totally changed who I am, what I believe, how I think and what I do.  I continue to seek to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).  I do this through study and meditation on the Holy Bible, 2-way conversation with God in prayer and experience Him through every day living and interaction with others who know Him.  I had a dear friend who, at the age of 103 said, “Any day I don’t learn something new about my Lord and Savior is a day waisted.”  To really know Jesus, we desire to be with Him throughout each and every day.  We desire and seek after everything He chooses to share with us, both through revealing through the Scriptures and through prayer and active experience.  To know Jesus, we don’t put off our quiet time alone with Him for other activities.  To know Jesus, we really want Him first above all in our lives.  We must ask ourselves, how well do we know Jesus?

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