Getting to Know Jesus
Philippians 3:10-11 “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, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!
We’ve got to understand the difference between knowing about someone and knowing someone. In the passage above, Paul says I want to know Christ.
Knowing about someone… I know about Justin Bieber. I know about Kim Kardashian, a lot more about those people than I want to know about them. I know about those people but I don’t know those people.
I know my wife. I know my kids because I spend time with them. I have a relationship with them.
Paul says, I know Christ because I spend time with him. I have this relationship with him.
I love this in the Amplified version.
Phil 3:10 (AMP) “For my determined purpose is that I may know Christ – that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more strongly and more clearly...”
That phrase “determined purpose” the truth of the matter is you don’t get to know Christ by accident. You don’t just wake up one morning and sort of accidentally fall into knowing Jesus Christ better. It’s a determined purpose. It’s something you have to do something about. You have to invest your time in it.
Your money is not going to grow just sitting there. You have to invest it somewhere in order for it to grow. Your relationship with God is not going to grow unless you, like any other relationship, invest time in that relationship. If you meet someone who has a strong relationship with God, strong relationship with Jesus, I will guarantee you they’ve spent a lot of time investing in talking to him and letting him talk to them. You don’t grow a relationship without investing time in a relationship.
This is good marriage advice too. But it’s also true in everything that we do. It’s purposeful. It’s progressive.
So, if deep down we WANT to spend more time with Jesus and know him better, why don’t we?
The Trap: BUSYNESS
We just get too busy. And busyness destroys relationships. It destroys relationship with your husband, your wife, with your kids. It destroys your relationship with God if you don’t spend any time with him.
To get to know Jesus you’ve got to make time, and spend time with him. You have to choose, before your day gets filled up, that nothing is going to stop you from sending some time with him that day. You have to prioritize it. You can’t just wait for things to “settle down” in your schedule. The enemy will make sure your schedule never settles down if that’s what you’re waiting for.
And, let me tell you, it doesn’t take a lot of time. If you’ll just set aside ten, fifteen minutes in the morning… you know this, in any relationship, just a few minutes of focused time can make all the difference in the world. So I’m not talking about hours and hours. If you spend just a few minutes in the morning, evening, afternoon, whatever is best for you.
But in that time there’s something you have to do. You have to not be busy. You have to do what Psalm 46:10 talks about.
Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God!”
You have to be still. Some of you, those are terrifying words to you. I know. You’re busy all the time. Be still. The world won’t implode in the minutes that you are spending with your creator. In fact, if we want things in our life to be more at peace, we can’t afford NOT to make time for him.
I encourage you to make 2021 the year that you develop the habit of a daily quiet time if you haven’t already. An investment into a relationship with a God who made you and loves you is the best way you can spend your time.