Knowing Versus Doing

Knowing Versus Doing

 
    “I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection….” – Philippians 3:10


    If I asked you the purpose for which God made you, what might you say? You might give a lot of answers that required some action on your part. However, the simplest answer to that question relates to one primary thing: fellowship. The most important thing God desires from us today is to have a deep and intimate fellowship with each of us.


    The apostle Paul said he wanted to know Christ, and by knowing Christ he could experience the power of His resurrection. I find this to be the hardest thing for many of us believers to do. So often it is much easier to be busy with the urgent – or even Christian – activity than spending quiet moments before the Lord. Before we realize it, days have passed since our last quiet time with Jesus.


    Jesus understood how important quiet moments were with the Father. “After He had dismissed them, He went up on a mountainside by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone” (Mt. 14:23). The more mature I become in my relationship with the Lord, the more precious this time becomes to me. It is a time I look forward to almost daily. It offers me a time to reflect, to share my concerns with my Lord, and to hear Him speak. In the last few years I have begun prayer walks, which accomplish three things: fellowship, prayer, and exercise. It has changed my prayer life. I have come to understand that Jesus wants to spend time with me, personally.
 
We are depriving ourselves of valuable time with Him and the peace He affords when we put Him aside for the urgent. An interesting thing happens when we make prayer a priority: Urgent things seem to wane as we focus on Him. He makes all these other things fall into place. “He will give perfect peace to him whose mind is stayed on Thee. Because he trusts in Thee.” Isaiah 26:3


    Are you taking the time to get to know Him today?
 
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