Today's devotion is based on Saint Paul's words written down for us in Philippians 3:10. "I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him."
As followers of Christ, we are called to provide an example to our community of what it means to be a Christian, a follower of Christ. To do this, it makes good sense to follow Paul's three-point plan; know Christ, share in his sufferings, and look forward to the resurrection.
This plan is not easy to accomplish, for we are by nature spiritually lazy. This does not mean, though, that we should not try, for we follow those who have walked in the faith before us. They shine a light for us to follow, a light that points to Christ.
Please join me in praying, Holy Spirit, move us to diligently seek our Lord through a commitment to the Christian disciplines of prayer, meditation, worship, and learning. May we grow in the knowledge of Jesus, his suffering, and the gift of his resurrection each day. Amen.