Philippians 3:10, “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death”
I don’t like being referred to as a religious person simply because when we are saved, we are not led to religion but to Christ. That is why we are called Christians. Being referred to as a Christians has also been messed up and soiled by many people and I’m not surprised. Correct me if I am wrong, “a Christian” means “Christ like” which is manifesting the qualities or spirit of Jesus Christ. The word “manifest” is to show, display or demonstrate plainly. If that is the case, your confession of being a Christian has to be accompanied by a demonstration of its definition. It’s amazing to me how people can run around calling themselves Christians but have no Christ like qualities being demonstrated in their lives.
How will you know what Christ is like without learning of Him? Back in the day, WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) was very popular. People often asked themselves this question in every life situation that needed answers. Of course this was also opened to abuse as some people came up with ideas of how Christ would have handled some situations contrary to what the bible teaches about Christ. If you do not know who Jesus Christ is or you are not getting to know Him daily, how would you know what He would do? you will merely come up with things labeled Christ like only to discover you are operating in the flesh. I prefer this one coined by Ray Comfort, WDJD (What Did Jesus Do?), this helps me find out and learn more of Him leading me to do what He did to be like Him. I can only do what He has done to be like Him, creating anything besides that is not of Him.
Paul is more responsible for most of the new testament, a person who after his conversion dedicated his life to walk with the Lord. He had done great and mighty things for God, he was well educated, he wrote epistles that revolutionized churches. In spite of it all, he says Philippians 3:10, “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death”. He craved to know Christ more and more and in that knowing (not head knowledge but intimate knowledge so as to be like Him) All he had done for the Lord would not be compared to knowing Him. He wanted to have a taste of the power of His resurrection. Knowing that if he was going to resurrect, there had to be death in his life. He would die to self for the sake of the call. He also desired to have a fellowship of His suffering in order to appreciate what Christ had done for him.
I see a man who is not satisfied with what he had done but wanted more. Christians ought to desire more (blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness Matthew 5), if you are comfortable and satisfied with what you have and where you are, it’s because you haven’t been opened to God to reveal to you through His word with an aim to wake you up to desire more to be like Him. My prayer for you and myself is that we would desire more to be like Christ, be imitators of Christ that would mean getting to know Him even more. I don’t just want to know about Christ, I want to know Him , let Him manifest more of His qualities in me. Blessings Evans