To Know Him
"That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection" (Phil 3:10; KJV). Is this your heart cry? That we might know Jesus, be like him and be empowered to walk and minister as he did. Paul, in his letter to the Philippians went on to say that he had not arrived yet but he put the past behind him and pressed on to grasp what Christ had for him (Phil 3:12-14). There was nothing casual about his quest but a sense of urgent, earnest pursuit; this pressing was serious business.
In Hebrews 6:1, Paul wrote, let's move on from the basics of our Christian walk and aim for maturity (Heb 6:1). How many of us as Christians could be described as: “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” (2 Tim 3:5; KJV)? If we all sought after God as Paul did, we would be transformed, growing in godliness and holiness and more like Christ each day.
If we want the power to change, the power to impact our world and fill it with his love and peace we need to press in as Paul did. Signs, miracles and wonders should follow the Acts of the Apostles church. This is the kind of church we should all be a part of the "normal church".
We need to take our cue from the early church, immersing ourselves in the word, prayer, fellowship and unity; directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:42). Our hearts should throb with Paul's heart cry, "that I may know him"; that we may be emptied of self and be filled with him (John 12:24-25; Eph 3:19). These are the people; this is the church that will shake our world and the principalities of darkness (Eph 3:10).