Week 4. Thursday: Becoming Like Christ
PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.
READ: Philippians 3:10
10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words
Begin by underlining nouns with a single line, double underline verbs, and circle descriptive words.
Make a list of the key words/phrases and think about what they mean.
Snapshot: In this passage Paul teaches us that knowing Christ leads to becoming more like Christ. Paul lists a few concepts here that are very important to understand. To “know the power of his resurrection” is a common idea in Paul’s writings (see Ephesians 1:18-23). Sometimes we forget that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is the same power that now lives in us. To “participate in his sufferings” refers to the persecution the early church faced. Paul wanted to know Christ so closely that he experienced the same persecution and ultimately died for his faith, which is why he says “becoming like him in his death.”
Takeaway: The more we get to know Christ, the more we become like Christ.
APPLY: What is this passage calling me to do?
How can you get to know Christ better?
In what ways do you need to become more like Christ?
PRAY: Ask God to help you see the areas where you need to become more like Christ.