When I started following Jesus, I read and studied many books, attended many conferences, participated in a lot of Bible studies and memorized a lot of Scripture in an attempt to learn as much as I could about God and His Kingdom. All of those projects, in and of themselves, were positive and helpful, but they were my primary objective. I was using them as a means to an end that was always in the future. What I didn’t realize was that, in the process of all my efforts, the Lord was there all along simply waiting for me to savor every moment and enjoy my fellowship with Him as my most important objective. By living and abiding in His presence, I can still have goals, but the difference is amazing when I am aware of Him and letting Him lead and guide me in the process. Now I desire to live every moment in communion with the Lord and knowing Him more intimately is my major purpose in life.
“I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.”