What’s the most important thing in your life? Having lots of friends? Making a lot of money? Impressing people? Having as much leisure time as possible? All these things motivate some people. But, none of them can satisfy for very long, because they are all earthly and temporary.
In Philippians 3:10 -12, it says “that I may know Him, (that’s Jesus), and the power of his resurrection…” Here’s the hearts cry of the Spirit of God for you. That you might know, be on intimate, close terms with Jesus! He WANTS you to know him! He isn’t hiding from you like many people suppose, no, He’s calling out to you, wanting you to draw near to Him, so he can draw near to you, like it says in the book of James.
Have you ever wanted to know someone, someone who was important to you? What did you do? I remember when I first discovered Linda, I saw her before I met her. I wanted to know ALL about her! I did what I could to find out her name! I went to a social function and sat next to her roommate, so I could find out all I could about Linda: her likes, her dislikes, her tastes in music, clothes, her tastes in guys… and even the scary question, did she already have a boyfriend?!!
Once I found out who she was, where she was from, where she was going and what she was looking for, I was on a mission! I wanted to catch her attention and win her heart! I changed my schedule, I changed my hangouts, I changed my friends that might hurt my chances with her! I even changed my socks! Why? So that I might KNOW her!
That’s what the Holy Spirit is telling you here: do what you’ve got to do, be what you’ve got to be to know Jesus! Change what you’ve got to change and make yourself available to Him!
Thank God, there’s more! At least for me, changing takes effort, even when there’s the power of love behind it. That’s a key for someone –the reason you have such a hard time with doing what you KNOW the Lord wants is because there needs to be the power of love behind it. You need to all in love with Jesus, and then those changes will seem easy for you.
It goes on to say, “I want to know, or experience, the power of His resurrection.” The devil likes to point out how weak your flesh is, but Jesus wants to remind you how powerful His resurrection is! That power of the Spirit of God, that resurrection power that can take your life that’s as good as dead and put Gods abundance back into it, is still available to you today! Thank God, He has never lost His power!
Then there’s this part of Philippians 3:10, “that I may know the fellowship of His sufferings.” When you suffer as a Christian, you are not alone! You have Jesus right there with you, feeling what you’re feeling and, being touched with the feelings of your infirmities. We have not a High Priest who is untouched by the feelings of our infirmities! We have Jesus, who will never leave you nor forsake you. He is right there in that room with you, if you will call out to Him with your voice!
We are conformed to the image and likeness of Jesus right up to the time we leave our bodies and, move on up to our heavenly homes, praise God. He is the only means where you and I will attain the resurrection of the dead and leave this life. He is the resurrection and the life! He can I resurrect that hope! He can I resurrect those dreams! He can resurrect that calling that has been I on your life for so many years and I you haven’t done anything I (serious) about it! The gifts and callings of God are without repentance. God hasn’t repented I of calling you!
Verse 12 lets you know God isn’t waiting for you to become perfect before your life and place it squarely in Jesus’ nail-scarred hands. No, He says right here, “NOT as though I were already perfect or had already attained.” That’s just the devil’s lie to hold you back, telling you that you have to be perfect and have all the situations in your life just right before you can tell anybody what Jesus has done for you!
He goes right on there to say, “I follow after…” I am FOLLOWING Jesus…moving ahead in the things of God… moving out of spiritual babyhood. It’s not just deciding you don’t want to go to hell with the devil, but it’s that following after that makes you a disciple of Jesus!
Then he goes on, “But I follow after that I may apprehend,” now notice, “that I may apprehend that for which I have been apprehended of Christ.” We talked about that a little last week. I told about when I was a teenager living out there as a lawbreaker and a sinner. I was out there following my carnal desires and living in doubt and unbelief, and then one day I was apprehended! Caught! That’s right, like a common criminal; I was apprehended by the Holy Spirit of God! He stopped me dead in my tracks, turned me around and put me on a mission!
I’m on a mission to reach and teach and rescue and revive and send into the ministry as many people as God will send me to! That’s why I not only come through the mail to reach you, I labor as a Pastor, along with Rev. McCoy to be here for you, so you can have a church home and close spiritual family. That’s why I reach out on television to find those people God has sent us to! Then I go and preach this Gospel of the Kingdom everywhere God opens the doors!
“So that I may apprehend that for which I was apprehended” If you don’t understand this verse, you’ll never understand me or any other servant of God who labors day and night to bring this gospel to hurting people.
Jesus is the embodiment of God’s message to lost humanity. Jesus is God saying, “I want to come into your world, and into your life. Jesus is God saying, “I want to deliver you from your sins and addictions. Jesus is God saying, “l want to use you to reach other people, and bring them hope in life, to bring them salvation in life.”
Jesus is Gods message to the human race. And when Jesus went to the cross, to be humiliated and tortured to death, He was God was saying, “Even though you don’t love me, and don’t even know me, I’m going to bear your sins; I’m going to bear your punishment; I’m going to take your curse; I’m going to take all your sins and pay them with My blood.”
I’m going to pray for you between now and Sunday. Even though I always pray for you, I am making a concerted effort at intercession before this Sunday’s service. You’ve been feeling alone and powerless, but if you’ll make up your mind to get to know Jesus and the power of His resurrection, your life will turn around! You’ve got to make up your mind to get as good at knowing Jesus as you are at some of those little hobbies you pride yourself so much in knowing! Today, let Jesus, be the One you’re gripped with getting to know and learn!
Before closing, I want to remind you to send in your prayer requests, and if your life has been touched by this ministry, write and let us know! Your testimony can bless thousands of people who need encouragement and hope.