Until You become a Lamb Of God
"I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His suffering, becoming like Him in His death" Philippians 3:10 N.I.V.
When you look at this scripture carefully one would wonder why Paul after the much work he had accomplished for the sake of the gospel, he still confessed his lack of knowing fully Who Christ is. His testimony had clearly shown his wisdom in his walk with God. He knew that inspite of all, he had yet attained the full knowledge of God. He understood that the true knowledge of who God is, is incomprehensible for the human mind. Little wonder the prayer he offered for the Ephesians in Ephesians 3: 17b-19. You see there are many dimensions and depth to this great God we serve, He is love, compassion, grace, beauty, mercy, forgiveness and many more wonderful virtues we are quite accustomed to but fully understand. However this same God is the God of war and of wrath that visits the sins of the fathers upon the third and fourth generation of those who hate him Exodus 20:5. But we as children of God must continue to yearn and desire to understand and comprehend the magnitude of His person. It is impossible for us to do this if we do not become lambs of God.Have you ever observed the lamb, its innocence, submission, how trusting and obedient it is, how it longs to dwell in the comfort and security of its mother? It seeks always to follow the shepherd irrespective of where he is leading, it hungers for the pure nurturing milk of its mother always. Well, this must be the attitude we must carry, the mind set needed to know the Lord more. A child-like innocence that blinds us to human and worldly wisdom.
Picture Isaac and Abraham in Genesis 22:6-9, so much has been said about the obedience of Abraham, but have we paid much attention to the mindset and attitude of Isaac? Isaac carried the wood with which he was to be sacrificed, he was bound up and ready to be slaughtered. Abraham was at the brink of slaying Isaac before the Angel of the Lord called out to him. Not once did we see Isaac scared, questioning, rebellious, angry, spiteful or even a hint of hatred during and after the event, even if there was fear it did not matter, because as he willingly laid there the Spirit of God: of boldness and courage came upon him. This is a clear illustration of the way and manner we as children of God should follow Him. No wonder Paul by the Spirit of God declared in 2Corinthians 4:11 "For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus' sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh".
Likewise, Christ gave Himself submissively which implies He willingly sacrificed Himself as the Lamb of God that gives its life for the world. Jesus makes one profound point clear in the following scriptures of John 5:19, 12:49 & 14: 31 that He follows His Father to the letter without any reservation, His actions and spoken words adhered strictly to His Father's instructions. This is the kind of obedience and submission that we should strive for so that we may know Him better. But remember also that it was the love for His Father that motivated this kind of character, not the glory from and praises of people; but the sheer desire to please His heavenly Father. We can not know Him better if we do not love Him, fear Him and obey His word, for the Bible makes it clear in Psalms 25:14, that it is only those that fear God that He confides in and reveals His covenant, Jesus also made it clear that it is those that love God can obey Him (John 14:15).
Now as we live and do as Christ lived and did by carrying the gospel round the world with joy, understanding and passion, He will reveal Himself more and more in us. Even as we completely obey, an obedience unto death without questioning even when we do not understand, our heavenly Father who is ever so gracious will in love show us the magnitude of His love and power. GOD BLESS YOU as you rise to this.