“That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death” (Philippians 3:10)
“I have a significant ‘other,’” the young women said, a statement which generally means a “live-in” mate, not by Holy Matrimony but a “for now” commitment.
The world’s way of doing things is and always has been temporary and like the flesh will see the end of its days. But what if we took the “significant other” concept and realized it had been stolen from biblical concepts where Christ is the significant other and all life surrenders to that relationship? What passion would that generate?
Paul’s life was one of passion. Even today his words are energized by passion. More than anything else, Paul’s attitude is a result of the passion that motivated his life. Circumstances or situations could not quell the passion that gripped his heart. In the palace of King Agrippa or in the prison of Rome, Paul’s life was poured out for “others.” That they may “know” Christ and Him crucified. “That I might know him…” (3:10) was his goal. That was his life: “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain” (1:21). That was his strength, “I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.” That was his supply: “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (4:19). That was his mind-set: “Let this mind be in you…” (2:5).
Passion means for one person to decrease and the other to increase. The significant presence of Christ means real and lasting passion. Witness is always about the power of passion—it excites, convicts, inspires, and encourages; and it influences those around to hunger for the same “knowing,” even to future generations.
Further reading: Letter to the Philippians