”Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ . . .” Philippians 3:8 (NLT)
Jesus. The name at which someday every knee will bow and every tongue confess, “He is Lord”. Jesus. The One Paul compares the knowing of to being greater than all else. Jesus. The One who’s name I used to stumble over when saying aloud in front of others because, like Peter on the night Jesus was betrayed, I was afraid of what others would think of my knowing Him. But that all changed once I began to really know Him. I don’t care what others may think now. I don’t want anything to ever come between Jesus and I. I want it to be said of me at my funeral that I was totally in love with Jesus. What caused this transformation in me, going from the trembling Peter, afraid to be considered one who knows Jesus, to Paul, who has given up everything else in order to know Him more? The answer lies in His Word, no surprise there, right? :) Here it is, six simple words found in 1 John 4:19: “We love because He first loved us.” I transformed from the trembling Peter to the sold-out Paul because Jesus got to me. I didn’t have a Damascus Road experience like Paul, but it was still an experience of Him, a growing in knowledge of Him, that rocked my world. (Yes, I was a teen in the 80’s!) It was when the unparalleled and immeasurable love of Jesus started sinking in that knowing Him (or my relationship with Him) became my most treasured possession.
Guess what? Every single person on the face of this earth, whether they realize it or not, is looking for this one thing. They are longing for a knowledge of Jesus, an experience of Him and all that He is. When you read this verse, isn’t there something about it that immediately draws you in, grabbing your attention and stirring something deep within? I believe it stirs a longing in us that’s been there since the day we were born. And that longing is for something greater, something wonderful, something powerful, something amazing. Or should I say “Someone”. Jesus. The One who turned the world upside down by coming to us from heaven at the bidding of His Father, at the longing of His own heart to see us saved and restored, and carried out the greatest act of love mankind will ever see.
I don’t want to stay away from Him, this Lover of my soul, this beautiful Savior who willingly gave His life for me, even though He could have chosen otherwise. Don’t you want to get to know Him more? Don’t you feel the stirring inside you that bids you to draw nearer, to know more of Him? Don’t miss out. Don’t miss out on gaining the greatest treasure in the world and knowing the only One who will ever complete you.