Verse of the Day

"That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings."

~Philippians 3:10a

Today's Devotional Thought

February 26, 2013 by Rachel Piferi


That I May Know Him

I love teaching. I have done it for almost 20 years and while most of it has been in the college realm, recently my teaching has changed to matters far more important than anything that I ever taught at a university.

I love teaching just about any age where you can get a good discussion going. I have to be honest, my love is not in early education. There are many people I know who have such a gift to teaching young children. That is something, I am afraid, God chose to give to others I know and not to me.

But, from about youth on up, I am your girl. I love, love, love being able to throw out a question and get good discussion going. I like to watch minds work and really dig into a concept and try to tear it apart and relate it to their lives.

Early on, that is why I loved teaching Psychology. It was so applicable to everyday life and the students that I taught just loved tearing apart concepts as much as I did. I loved watching their minds and their lives grow in the four years I would have them in college.

But as much as I loved teaching Psychology, I absolutely love teaching the Bible. You can't find me a Psychology textbook that is more relevant to personality and growth and coping and human living than the Bible is. In fact, I have found that it is an endless book of learning. Every time I open up God's Word, I find something new. Depending on my state or growth or my trials at the time, I find a new nugget of truth to help me in this journey of life. This is a book that never needs a new edition or an update.

And I think that is why I love teaching the Bible so much...because I cannot stop learning from it. And to this teacher, there is nothing more exciting and fulfilling than teaching from the perspective of being a lifelong learner of God and his principles. And having a living textbook to go along with that lifetime learning.Oh how I pray you have a thirst for God's Word and learning all about him. And if you don't have that thirst right now, pray for it sweet sisters. And then just begin reading, asking the Lord to guide you towards an insatiable desire for him and his Word.

I promise you he will give it you.

In all my years of education, there is nothing more fulfilling than the Word of God. And, there is no better place to learn about life than in God's Word. I urge you to open it daily and ask God to give you an unquenchable desire to learn more about him on this journey.

And may you pray, like the Apostle Paul, to know him more. That you may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings (Philippians 3:10).

Even towards the end of his life, Paul writes that he wanted to know Christ more. Even in his spiritual maturity and his sufferings and the fullness of his ministry, he wanted more.

More of Christ.

More of an understanding of who Christ was and how he could be like him.

Oh to have that constant striving to know Christ more. Just as the psalmist writes, As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? (Psalm 42:1-2).

Today, I pray that you have that soul craving to know Jesus more. And much like the Apostle Paul, as you learn more about him, you will desire to know even more. Each and every day until the day that you actually are able to meet him and know him in fullness of glory.

I pray you have a wonderful Tuesday. May you bask in the love of our Heavenly Father and may you take time to know him more today.

Memorize this verse today:

"That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings."
~Philippians 3:10a

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