For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh— 4 though I myself have reasons for such confidence.
If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.
7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in[a] Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
Philippians 3. 3 -- 11
Most believers know the essential facts about their Savior's life, but few know him well relationally . They're so busy with activities and pursuits that they rarely think of Jesus until a desperate situation arises .
Yet those who know the Lord intimately have a continually deeping relationship with him. He's their top priority and every possession , accomplishment or pursuit is worthless compared to knowing him. Consider the results of making Christ the foremost desire of your life .
Increasing hunger " that I may gain Christ" Even though Paul had an amaing relationship with Jesus , his passion was so great that he wanted to know him more.
Changed Life " The righteousness which comes from God " The more we know Christ the more we 'll mature spiritually and display his righteousness
Greater Capability ," The power of his resurrection" The Spirit power flows through those cosely connected to Jesus
New Perspective " The Fellowship of his suffering" When we understand Christ we recognize the benefits he works in us through our suffering.
Victorious Living. " Being conformed to his death" Christians who knows Jesus well count themselves dead to sins that once dominated their lives.
Is your life characterized by a deep , abiding passion for Christ or is your relationship with him shallow and mechanical? Believers must not let the pleasures , opportunities and responsibilities of this world rob them of treasure of knowing Jesus . It's time to count it all as loss and peruse Christ.