Last week, I shared my one word for 2018. I was doing such a great job in diving into God’s Word — while I was on vacation.
Now that I am back home, I have a thousand different things trying to grab my attention. I am feeling overwhelmed and overtired, and I have not been in God’s Word as much as I would like to be. I finished the Psalms 1 devotions, and I had started doing the James 2 devotions on the Mama’s Refill website that I subscribed to in December, but then I got stalled with the busyness of life and the fact that I became the adult Sunday School teacher for our ladies’ class, so I now must study that lesson more.
I love to teach as it makes me really study the lesson and I learn so much more that way, but it does take a lot of time! In our Sunday School class, we are studying the book of Philippians. This past Sunday morning, we studied Philippians 3:1-10. As I studied this section, I was rebuked by the fervor Paul had to glorify Christ and to know Him. As I had just done my post a couple days before on my word for 2018, I thought,
“What would Paul’s one word be?”
I don’t know if I could boil down Paul’s goal for his life into one word, but we definitely see that his goal was to know Christ by verses such as Philippians 3:8 and Philippians 3:10. Here is Philippians 3:7-10:
But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
In this passage, Paul talks about how he willingly gave up everything and how he counted all of what the world may have counted as positives or as necessary as loss when it compared to “the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord” (or to truly knowing Christ.) Paul wanted to know Him on a personal level — a practical day-by-day intimate knowledge that would transform himself into someone who became more and more like Christ.
What a great life goal: to know Christ!
When I look back at some of my of my “one word” goals, I see the same idea: abide, devotion, delight. My goal is to abide in Him, to devote time to Him, to delight in Him. If I set that as my main goal, I will get to know Him. Paul was focused on knowing Him. He did not let anything distract him for that main goal. I know he probably did not have children, and he also did not have some of the responsibilities of family that we have; however, his singular focus is evident when he says that he had lost all things that others had seen as important, and not only had he lost them but that he counted all those supposedly important things as dung — or manure — to him. It did not matter to him if he lost it all if he had Christ and if he knew Him as his Lord and Savior and as his friend. I can make all the excuses in the world as to why I don’t have time, but if I have the focus Paul had in truly knowing Christ, I would make the time to meet with Him and to delight in His love letter to me — the Word of God.
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