Philippians 3: 10 – ‘That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death’
This was a statement made by Apostle Paul. Apostle Paul is touted to have written 13 books of the New Testament. Yet, somehow, he felt that there was more to God than what he already knew or had experienced.
For us, we have barely scratched the surface of Apostle Paul’s revelations of God and we are very content with our level of knowledge of God. The Bible isn’t all there is to know about your Father. There is so much more.
Have you ever read any Christian books? Reading the Bible is amazing, but for true growth, you need more research materials. You would not prepare for a project or write an exam based on only one resource material. It’s the same we should not go through our spiritual journey with Christ with only one resource material.
In fact, much more than books is the Holy Spirit. More than any books, it’s the Spirit that gives life. Paul’s statement, ‘that I may know him’, shows the kind of hunger Paul had for the things of God. In the realm of the spirit, where there is a demand, there is always a corresponding supply. So, how much of God are you hungry for?
I realize that some people are actually not hungry. They are just fine being saved. To them, anything else is a hassle. They really cannot imagine being used by God. They cannot begin to imagine scheduling God into their timetable, there are just more important things to do that the things of the Kingdom.
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man sows, that he shall also reap (Galatians 6: 7). There is no one who will commit their resources to the things of God and will not be rewarded.
He goes further to ask to know the power of the resurrection of Christ. Apparently, the resurrection was not just a joke. There is power available for believers in the resurrection of Christ.
The fellowship of Christ’s sufferings! Ha! There will be hard times for you as a Christian, but even as God strengthened Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, you will also be strengthened when you go through your own trials.
Why do Christians have to go through trials when Jesus already paid the price? Because trials build character. Victory has been assured, but the process cannot be over looked.
Being made conformable unto His death. What does it mean to conform? To be up to doing what is expected. Are you up to doing what Christ did? Living the life Christ lived? Making the sacrifices Christ made? Are you compliant with the death of Christ on the cross for you?
These are questions we all have to ask ourselves, are we willing to experience the experiences of Jesus?