Topic: Philippians 3:10
"I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him" (Philippians 3:10).
Lately, I have been thinking about Jerry McGrath. He was a marvelous singer and performed at many of our Campus Crusade for Christ, Canada staff conferences. He had been in the secular entertainment industry when he was struck down with leukemia and was no longer able to sing. He yielded his life to the Lord and the Lord touched and healed him. After that he used his marvelous voice to serve God.
During every performance, he told the story of his miraculous healing and then would sing, "Lord, I want to know You. Deep within my soul, I want to know You more." When he was finished singing, there was not a dry eye in the audience.
Jerry had experienced the power of Christ's resurrection, but he had also experienced suffering. I wonder, sometimes, why we so often pray and sing for the Lord's power, but abhor the suffering? We need both to make us like Jesus. How have we bought into the philosophy that life should be soft and easy? Christ's life certainly wasn't.
~Father, You know what cowards we are. We want the soft and easy road. Help us to get real, Lord. Enable us not to be surprised when troubles come our way. After all, Jesus did say that in this world we would have troubles. How quickly we forget, Lord! We need you to remind us. Amen.
What are some ways we can really get to know God? Are you willing to give everything over to God so that He can use you mightily? What would be your first step?