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“For it is not mere words that nourish the soul, but God Himself, and unless and until the hearers find God in personal experience they are not the better for having heard the truth. The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.” (A.W. Tozer in The Pursuit of God)
Choose how you will dine with your Lord today:
Read Philippians Chapter 3 (Fast Food)
Read Philippians Chapter 3 (Home Cooking)
Read Philippians Chapters 1-4 (Fine Dining)
As you read, again make note of any keywords or reflections as the Lord speaks to your heart.
Knowing Christ-Philippians Chapter 3:10-16
According to Philippians 3:10, what four things does Paul consider his life mission to consist?
What is the result of his mission? (3:11)
Has Paul reached his goal? (3:12)
Is Paul fully mature? (3:12)
Does this stop Paul from striving to get further? (3:12b)
Why does Paul not give up? (3:12b) Because Christ has taken hold of him.
One can reflect back on Philippians 2:29 when Paul encourages them to hold men like Epaphroditus in honor because of the risk they have given for us. Christ has given up so much for us, why should we not be willing to continue to press on for Him? In reality, it is Christ doing the work through us anyway. (Philippians 2:13 and 3:12) When we have a humble spirit, God is able to do much through us.
How can we have a humble spirit? (3:9)
In Philippians 3:13, Paul says he does not consider himself to have taken hold of it. What is “it” that Paul does not believe he has taken hold of? (3:10) His goal
Again, does this stop him?
What does he do? (3:13b)
Does Paul get bogged down in his failures?
How does Paul move forward? (3:14) He keeps his focus on the prize for his goal (knowing Christ 3:10) which is promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.
God calls us through Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is God’s telephone. Jesus Christ is God’s Facebook. Jesus Christ is God’s Twitter account. Jesus Christ is God’s blog. Jesus Christ is God’s voice. God’s heavenly call to us is Jesus Christ. God calls to us through Jesus Christ.
Our prize is Jesus Christ. The prize is knowing Jesus Christ.
So if our prize is Jesus Christ, then what does Paul say we should do in verse 15? We should think this way. We should believe this is true. We should believe that if we strive to pursue the goal of knowing Jesus Christ, then we will be rewarded with Jesus Christ.
What happens if we don’t think this way? (3:15b)
Whether we believe Jesus is our prize or if we have not gotten that far in our spiritual walk, what are we suppose to do according to verse 16? Live up to whatever truth we have attained. We are responsible for the knowledge we have of Jesus Christ. Whether our knowledge is small or larger, we are responsible for the knowledge that Christ has given to us.
Take a moment now to listen to God calling you. He is calling you to know His Son. Pray and seek to know Him more. He will answer and you will receive Jesus Christ.