Philippians 2:5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.
Romans 15:3 For even Christ did not please himself, but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.”
Dear Warrior Poet,
To know Christ more intimately means to be intimately acquainted with His character. I know there are aspects of Him that are completely foreign to me, and yet I know I long to know Him with urgent desperation. It is in this storm of desire for intimacy, colliding with the insurgency of my flesh that the opportunity for faith yielding to the Spirit arises. It is unnatural in the flesh, that moment of absolute abandon – for deep down, we quietly believe Christ’s best for us is wealth, success, strength, acceptance from others, possibly notoriety or fame and yet His character has been veiled by our flesh. For in order to know Him we must be men and women of sorrow, acquainted with grief, filling up the sufferings of the One whom we seek and the character we long to possess. There is not a long line forming to purchase tickets at the window of true discipleship. The road less traveled is still the road that makes the difference.