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Day Five – “Flames…Knowing the Lord”

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Philippians 3:7-14 (NIV)

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.  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 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ-the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.  I want to know Christ-yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Reflection

After eating Brazilian barbeque, we realize that our eating was definitely not out of a hunger due to lack, but a hunger for more. Once we tasted the flank steak, we had to have the ribeye, then after we had to have the filet mignon. As if that wasn’t enough, we had to have the picanha, the ultimate dancing-tastebuds meat with a juicy chunk of fat for each bite. As we progress in better tasting meats the less we want the chewier dry meats. How much more Paul’s life progressed in longing, trusting, hoping, and becoming more and more like Christ as he experienced God’s very presence. Paul left every worthless and distracting thing behind to know Christ. Paul fed the flames and through the power of the resurrection and suffering, he could burn even more brightly for all to see God’s glory.

Response

Let’s thank God that he has rescued and saved us. Let’s pray that we would hunger for even more of God’s presence in our lives and that he would help us leave behind everything that is worthless and distracting. Let’s pray that we would burn brightly in our generation, so that God’s glory may be known.

Day Four – Fire…Living in the Lord

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Day Three – Flame to Fire: Hoping in the Lord

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Day Two – Embers to Flame: Confidence in the Lord

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Day One – Embers: Longing for the Lord

Monday, November 4th, 2013