Published June 8, 2010

Shelia Shares....
"Knowing Christ"

Paul wrote in Philippians 3 that he wanted to know Christ. He wanted to live like Christ wanted him to live. He wanted to be so close to Jesus Christ that his life revolved around Christ.

But, Paul didn't feel like he really "knew" Christ as he should. He used phrases like "not as though I had already attained" and "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." As he continued to live, he continued to get to know Christ better.

Do you know Christ? Do you really know Him?

Do you know your spouse?

My husband used an example from our lives in a recent sermon. We were at a restaurant and he came back from the buffet with a salad. I saw his Thousand Island dressing and asked why he had that kind of dressing. He responded that it was his favorite. After 27 years of marriage, I had to admit that I didn't know Thousand Island dressing was his favorite. (Of course, he didn't know what my favorite salad dressing was either.)

Do I know Paul? I thought I did. But, there are always more things to learn in a marriage partner and we aren't perfect in our knowledge of each other. (Far from it!)

That is how it is with Jesus. We get a start on knowing Him when we accept Him as our Savior. He becomes Lord of our lives and affects how we live. We read His letters to us and get a better understanding of what He felt was important.

Do you know Christ? Do you want to get to know Him better? Do you thirst for Him? Is there a hunger to know Him in a deeper way?

The good news is that Christ wants to have a relationship with you. He wants to become the most important person in your life. He's willing to take the time for you, if you take the time for Him.

- Shelia

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