Tag Archive | know God to live – live to know God

Philippians 3:10-11 ” I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”

These scriptures beg the question…”What are You asking of me Lord?”  Foremost, Jesus is asking for commitment.  Not just lip service, or Sunday only acknowledgement… No, He’s asking for sold-out, unwavering determination to follow Him no matter  the cost.  Jesus is also asking for  conviction.  That’s a gut belief that He died on the Cross and rose again for me so that I may have eternal life.  Then too, Jesus is asking for conformity.  He wants me to become more like Him.  Finally, Jesus is asking that I give up control.  Now this is probably the most frightening but the most freeing request of His…For to go deeper with Jesus means releasing command of myself and trusting Him more.

Ephesians 1:18 ” I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe.”

For many of us, we are riding on the shoulders of those who have come before us.  Maybe it was a Grandmother,  Great Aunt, or Great Uncle that were so influential in your early years.  This someone, whose strong Christian walk stirred your own soul and formed early on your ideas of just who God was, became  a shining example of His  light and truth to you.  And as they walked the walk and talked the talk…that assurance of who God was and His matchless power and authority became more real every day.

Colossians 1:9 ” For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His Will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.”

This would be my prayer for you today also.  That the Lord would accomplish in your life His plan and purpose… and you would be able to grasp the concept and see the relationship between knowing God and living for Him.  You know God to live…in other words, you put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ which  leads to eternal life.  But then, you live to know God…that is,  you continue to faithfully walk with God,  which develops this close, intimate relationship that only grows deeper every day.  I pray that you would know God to live, and live to know God.  Amen.