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About the Knowing Christ Card

Knowing Christ

...fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. —I Peter 1:13b

A couple of days ago, I was sitting outside in a beautiful place, trying to pray but struggling with an obsessive worry. Fortunately I had my Bible opened to I Peter 1:13 and I saw it: the Scripture says to fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

It doesn’t say to fix your hope on what you want to happen. It says to fix your hope on what is going to be given to you. It doesn’t say that the your competence will be revealed on the last day—but that Jesus Christ will be revealed.

What everyone will see on the last day is how helpless we Christians are and how much we need Jesus. It will be obvious how He has supplied everything we need (grace) to be allowed to be in His presence at all! It’s not going to be about us and our performance and it never was. So why do I keep thinking that it is, and that I can control the future by worrying about it?

As we grow in our relationship with Christ, we come to see more and more that life is about HIM, not about us. 

I wasn’t thinking about I Peter 1:13 when I made this image. I just knew that I wanted to somehow illustrate Philippians 3:7-8 when I thought of contrasting the sun and moon. The waxing moon symbolizes us (and the Apostle Paul) thinking about what we’re going to do for God. We’ve totalled up our assets for the Kingdom and we are thinking we’re looking pretty good... 

But even a full moon is only seen when the sun shines on it. The very best of what we have to offer is nothing without Christ. The type gets smaller as the moon gets slimmer. Christ, symbolized by the rising sun, is the focal point of this image.

The more we grow in wisdom, the less confidence we place in ourselves, and hopefully the less anxiety we should have. I’m not there yet. But I know where to go for help.