that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.
by: Margaret Taylor.
Reading this passage always stirs a few dying embers in my determination and fans the flame of desire in my soul. I long to duplicate Paul's commitment to knowing Christ with the same passion expressed in verse 10. Paul was adamant about his goal and focused everything he did around knowing Jesus more intimately. He wanted to experience what Christ experienced, even his persecution, in order to understand all Christ did and what he stood for. Paul wanted to live the love of Jesus and to share the grace and mercy that had been extended to him in the same supernatural way-"to know the power outflowing from his resurrection" (Amplified). Does that not move you also?