The greatest desire of a true Christian is to know God. Every other desire pales in significance when compared to this. The greatest passion of Moses, David, Paul and other great men and women in the Bible was to truly know God (Exodus 33:18, Psalm 42:1, Philippians 3:10).
It is possible for a Christian to not really know God, even after following Jesus for a number of years – John 14:8-9. To know God is not merely an intellectual exercise of knowing facts about God from His biblical resume or hearing testimonies of what He has done in someone else’s life.
Knowing God involves encountering Him and having the assurance that He is who He says He is.
It might seem surprising that Paul said he wanted to know God in Philippians 3:10 despite already knowing so much about God from his intense training in the Law and his lofty stature in the Jewish community. However, although Paul knew all about God, he did not really know God until he got a revelation of God on the road to Damascus, and his life changed – Acts 9:1-6.
Even after the moment of his salvation, Paul continued to put the things of the world far below his priority of knowing Jesus Christ. In Philippians 3:7, he said “Whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ." Moreover, he was willing to continuously turn his back on his human accomplishments in order to gain the knowledge of Christ – Philippians 3:8. This is what is referred to as sanctification – what started with salvation at the cross should continue to influence the way we live.
Christ should become your greatest passion and knowing Him your number one priority. I pray that Almighty God will anoint us with the spirit of humility so that all our human accomplishments and achievements will not be in our way of a deeper knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Shalom.