Did you know that 87% of Americans who own a pair of running shoes do not run? I’m not 100% sure how accurate that statement is, but it seems plausible. Now, what if I asked how many Christians owned a Bible and read it? Would it be around the same percentage? Maybe higher.
Philippians 3:12 says,
“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.”
Paul is talking about reaching his goal. In Philippians 3:10-11, Paul shares what his goal in life is:
“…that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.”
He hasn’t reached this goal yet in life, perfection of knowing Christ fully and looking like Him. But what he does emphasize is that this is what he aims to do, every single day of his life. He wants to know Jesus more, and more, and more.
His desire to know Jesus is rooted out of his joy in Jesus. Because Christ has grabbed a hold of Paul on the Damascus Road, Paul now wants to grab a hold of Jesus, daily.
His desire to know Jesus is rooted out of his need for Jesus. Once you begin to know Jesus more, you will begin to recognize your need to know Jesus more. It’s a spiritual dissatisfaction that every true believer holds. They hold a satisfaction in knowing Christ, but their satisfaction is never satisfied until they have complete and full fellowship with Christ in Eternity.
Here’s the thing. We never stop growing in Christ. A true believer never believes they have reached the point of fully knowing Christ! Dietrich Bonhoeffer said this,
“While it is good that we seek to know the Holy One, it is probably not so good to presume that we ever complete the task.”
He’s right! Because we will never complete the task of knowing Jesus! What if we had the desire that Paul had, to know Jesus more, and more, and more! Through reading, studying, and meditating on God’s Word. Through prayer. What if we, instead of allowing our Bibles to collect dust, dust off our running shoes and run hard after Jesus?
“But to enjoy him we must know him. Seeing is savoring. If he remains a blurry, vague fog, we may be intrigued for a season. But we will not be stunned with joy, as when the fog clears and you find yourself on the brink of some vast precipice.” – John Piper