Knowing Christ “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.” Philippians 3:7-8 One thing I love about our church is the emphasis on knowing God, so that we can love him. There is an understanding that first there must be more than an acquaintance knowledge of the Lord to allow that love to mature and blossom into the kind of relationship that fosters faith and trust. It is such an amazing thing that we have through Jesus the ability to not only know of Him, but to actually know Him personally. I know it is a gift that far too often I don't take advantage of, or just don’t put it at the top of my priority list. There are many things in this life that can take up our attention and time. So many things that are good, things that are blessings, but are they as excellent or surpassing in value as the knowledge of Jesus Christ? I’m so thankful for the relationships that I have been given; for my husband and the things we’ve been able to experience together, for our children and the ability we’ve been given to see them grow up and become little people themselves, for our church family and the opportunity to watch the Lord work in each of their lives. However, as much as I appreciate each of those relationships, their value should not be counted as excellent as that of the of the opportunity I have been given to know Jesus, and to grow in my relationship with Him as much as I grow in those relationships with other people. So, what things are gain to me? Do I count them loss so that I might know Jesus more? Is Jesus gain to me? Do I consider Him to be of a more surpassing quality than all of the things I have an opportunity to devote my time, my efforts and devotion to? We so easily judge the ancient Israelites for so habitually giving their hearts over to worthless idols, but what are the idols of today? How quickly does the ten minutes that I couldn’t find to devote to a time of devotion to my Lord melt away on social media? I don’t mean to say that we have to lock ourselves in a room and never experience the life that God created us to live, I mean to say I should be conscious of the reality that as wonderful as anything I might experience in this life is, Jesus is better. He is so much better than anything else we could ever commit our hearts, or time, or ambitions to. Nevertheless, there is always a decision that we have to make: Do we choose Jesus? Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions.