That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
In the above verse Paul describes four things that he was in pursuit of with his life. The reason these four things were so important to him is because he knew how gracious God had been to him, forgiving him of having lived a life that even led him to persecute the body of Christ. These four things should be the same for every believer. Let’s take a quick look at them.
- That I may know Him. Paul’s ultimate desire was to have an intimate relationship with Jesus. Not to just know about Him, but to truly know Him.
- To experience the power of His resurrection. Paul knew the very power that raised Jesus was to be at work in His life.
- To know the fellowship of His sufferings. In 2 Tim. 3:12 we are told all who desire to live a godly life will suffer persecution. When you truly walk as Jesus walked you will be persecuted.
- To be conformed to His death. In John 10:18 Jesus said no one takes His life from Him, He willingly laid it down.
Every believer should daily be pursuing an intimate relationship with God. Those who are not will live fearful of the things we will see in the last days. We should also desire to see His power working in and through our lives. Many sad to say do not because they don’t pursue to get under leadership that teaches them the full gospel. We also should want to live a life like God, which means you won’t be liked by everyone. Last but not least, we should conform to His death, choosing to daily lay our lives down to live for Him. Every believer who is grateful for what God has done for them just as Paul was should be pursuing these in their life every day.