Philippians 3:10-12 (New Living Translation)
10 I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, 11 so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.
When it comes to the things of this world, Paul the Apostle is very clear: BE CONTENT. But when it comes to our walk with God, our knowledge of God, we are to stay passionately hungry and thirsty for more!
When we think of the life of Paul, he was already a “success” in his spiritual journey.He was able to do three missionary trips ever attempted for Christ, he had personally seen the Saviour on at least four occasions, he had written approximately half of the New Testament (13 letters all in all!) and he had organized the first fifty or so Christian churches on this earth! BUT, he is still hungry for more of God in his life!
We must be careful of the dangers of being spiritually contented and complacent.We must ask God for a heart that is never satisfied in its intimate knowledge of Christ. We must indeed fight against spiritual contentment! May we be like Paul, whose heart cry was always, “I want to know Christ more!”.
And the amazing news is that God created us with a capacity to know him!
Neurologists have discovered that the average brain is only the size of a softball and weighs approximately 3 pounds, yet their estimate was that we have the capacity to learn something new every second of every minute of every hour of every day for the next three hundred million years!
God gave us brains so that we can learn about Him and know Him and know Him more!
I like what Mark Batterson said:
“The less you know God, the less you love Him. And the more you know God, the more you love Him. Why? Because to know Him is to love Him. And if you don’t love Him, it’s because you don’t really know Him.”
If we want to love God, then we must know God, we must fight against spiritual contentment- we must hunger and crave for more of God in our lives!
Stay hungry! Fight Spiritual Contentment!