This week Rob spoke from Philippians Ch 3, key verses from 7-11.
Why did Paul say that knowing Christ was so central? Acts 9 gives us the clue – Paul (then Saul) met Christ on the road to Damascus, where he was heading to bring the Christians back to Jerusalem to be punished. As far as the law was concerned Saul was faultless, but still Christ asked on that road, “Saul, why do you persecute me?” See it’s not the people Saul was persecuting but Christ and all He stood for. If Jesus can show love to someone like Saul, then He can love anyone. Once Saul knew to whom he was speaking there was no turning back. Paul lived to know Christ, he wanted to know more. He wanted to be like Christ. It did not matter the cost – not the dollars, not the time.
No one person has it all together, but we should follow those that follow Christ. If a baby stays a baby we would be worried. We all need to keep growing. We need to move a step closer to Jesus, to want to be like Him.
Paul had a taste of Christ on that Damascus Rd and he wanted to know more. That is why Paul said knowing Christ is central. Rolleston needs us, our world needs us. We have to have the same attitude that Paul had. God sees us as who we are (right now) and He wants us to go (as we are) to wherever Jesus sends us. Paul spent time in prison in some very tough situations. God often builds in adversity – but he builds.