Found within this passage, so laden with spiritual imagery and truth, is a rather simple concept. In the description of the works and purposes of Jesus Christ, Paul shares his desire that we all “know [Christ] better.” While the walk of every Christian is complicated by our natural, worldly resistance to the work of the Holy Spirit, the life and purpose of that Christian life is simple. The Christian’s goal is not to achieve. The Christian’s goal is simply to know. Our life’s purpose should be to daily come into a greater understanding of Him, entirely focused and centered on the fact that we do not know him well enough, deep enough or close enough. We should approach each day with the understanding that there is always more we can learn about him. Knowing him is not learning about what he is so much as knowing who he is. As we better understand who he is and has always been, we ultimately come into a greater understanding of who we are, who we have been and who we become in communion with him. The key to unlocking the greater mysteries of the Gospel in relation to our existence in this world and the promises of the next is in knowing God the Father. When we know him intimately, the foundations of truth and love reveal a daily existence based on faith in something we will always and forever find strength in. Knowing God is more than just knowledge. Knowing God is experience with knowledge. You can read every book on the face of the earth about how much God loves you and has given everything for you, but until you experience this love firsthand, these messages will hollow and easily forgotten. Knowing God is being loved by him, and we never forget the feeling of being loved. The feeling of being loved affects us at the deepest level of our being. When we know God’s love we realize that he not only loves us now but has loved us from the beginning. Knowing God becomes the rock that all else is built upon. Knowing God becomes the power to move. Knowing God is everything. Without it there is nothing.