“I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8).

Paul’s number one priority was knowing Christ; not knowing about him in an intellectual way, but knowing him in a personal or intimate way. While it is good to read Christian books and study theology, this should not be a substitute for deepen our relationship with the Lord. Head knowledge is good but heart knowledge is better.

Moses had the same priority. In Exodus 33:13 he prays—teach me your ways so I may know you. If we are to learn God’s ways it automatically implies that we will have to give up our own ways. Our ways of responding, our ways of doing things, and our ways of understanding a situation.

When I first started reading the gospels as a young Christian, Jesus always surprised me. He never responded to people the way I expected him to. He was often angry and harsh with the Pharisees, the religious people of the day, yet he was kind and compassionate to people like the woman at the well, who had had five husbands.

As a young Christian I thought getting to know Jesus was very risky. You never knew what he was going to do next. But I’ve learnt that because he loves me, he only wants what is best for me.

Let’s take the risk and pray—teach me your ways Lord, so I may know You.