Knowing More Of God’s Kingdom
No matter where you’re at spiritually, you should desire to go deeper with God. Since God is infinite, we can always know Him more deeply.
Paul who wrote Philippians affirms he wanted to know Christ and the power of His resurrection. Then he added (Phil. 3:12-14. So press on! I press on toward the goal of the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Jesus explained to Philip the resemblance of God in him who many ask for with the reply “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?”.
John 1:14 declares, “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Although newlyweds may not understand this, those of us who have been married for a few decades realise that romance is not totally effortless. To keep the romantic fires burning over the years requires deliberate forethought and attention.
It’s the same spiritually. To keep your relationship with the Lord fresh and vital over the long haul is not automatic. It requires forethought, effort, and constant attention. It’s easy to be lulled into complacency in your Christian life. Things, even good things, become routine: Did my quiet time (check). Went to church (check). Gave money to missionaries (check). But you’ve drifted into not actively pursuing to know God more deeply.
That I May Know Him
When the apostle Paul wrote Philippians, he had been a Christian for about 25 years. God had used him to perform many mighty miracles. He had several encounters with the risen Lord, including being caught up into the third heaven. But he didn’t rest in those experiences. He said that he wanted to know Christ and the power of His resurrection. Then he added (Phil. 3:12-14): Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
He goes on to say that we all should have that same attitude. We all need to fight against spiritual complacency. We see the same thing in Moses’ experience in our text. The lesson is: No matter where you’re at spiritually, you should desire to go deeper with God. Since God is infinite, we can always know Him more deeply. So press on! I can’t deal with everything in this amazing text, so I’m limiting myself to five ways to go deeper with God.