Notes from Philippians 3

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. (Phil. 3:7-11)

This is a man who has truly encountered Christ, and not just one time. This wasn’t an altar call at youth camp. This wasn’t a powerful weekend retreat. These words come from a man who was continually encountering Christ. It is a voice of perspective. His hunger has truly awakened. His soul is stirred. His mind and spirit are on fire.

He had knowledge before. He had recognition and acclaim and power. Now, he talks like a man apprehended. His words reflect one fully engaged in a holy pursuit.

This is what I long to mark my life.

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