Pastors_Blog_Seth“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, 11 so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead! 12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.” – Philippians 3:10-13 NLT

The Apostle Paul lived on purpose. He saw “success” clearly and went after it. Paul’s life’s goal was to know Christ and to make Him known (Acts 20:24). Far more than head knowledge, Paul longed to experience this powerful Christ in all His fullness – to know Jesus and to even share in his sufferings…and he did.

Seth Ebel - Surpassing Worth

We are told that Paul endured many hardships (2 Cor. 11:23-28), fought the good fight (2 Tim. 4:7), and was ultimately confident that Jesus would reward him for faithfully completing his race (2 Tim. 4:6-8). Paul saw the big picture, refused to feel like he ever “arrived”, and continually pressed on because of the “surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus [his] Lord.” (Phil. 3:8a ESV). Answer this question honestly today:

Is knowing Jesus of “surpassing worth” to me?

If its not, don’t worry. God’s kindness is what leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4). Ask God for a new receptivity to His ways. Ask him for a deeper hunger and believe that He is already giving it to you.

Like Paul, you must make a conscious decision not to dwell on the past nor fret about the future. Every moment is fresh in God’s Kingdom. Envision the finish line and let that red tape inspire your progress forward. Press on in full belief of the reward God has in store for you as you get to know Jesus more.

What’s the disposition of your heart today? If your intimacy with Christ is solid, stay consistent in what you’re practicing. If not, consider what may not be working. What activities or circumstances seemed to foster the greatest spiritual growth for you in the past? Commit to getting there again and join Paul in the quest to know Christ better than you ever have this year.

 

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 Community Life Pastor