Today’s Scripture: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Philippians 3:10-11

At one point during a family kitchen restoration project, the mother left to pick up additional supplies from the store. The dad and his ten-year-old son stayed home to finish laying countertop and tile. Shortly thereafter, the dad and son realized there was excess tile.

The dad began mounting leftover tile behind the kitchen sink to make a decorative back splash. This unplanned alteration alarmed the young son. He asked if it would be alright to change the plan without consulting mom. His dad replied: “If we ask your mother, she won’t let us do this. But if we just do it, she’ll appreciate it once she sees it.”

Within a few minutes, the back splash was completed. When mom returned, the son kept fidgeting and feeling nervous. His dad wasn’t saying anything about the back splash, and his mom had yet to notice. Finally, he could stand it no longer. The son pointed at the sink and asked his mom what she thought.

The mother looked at the decorative tile and laughed. She said: “I would have never thought something like that could work. But now that I see it, I think it looks pretty good!”

Had dad not known or understood his wife as well as he did, then our story might well have featured a different ending. This story highlights a very important fact about relationships – especially our relationship with our Savior. In order to please Jesus Christ, we have to know Him. We have to understand His wants, desires and thoughts. Only then will we be able to do that which pleases and honors Him.

How is your relationship with Jesus Christ? Have you been moving into a deeper relationship and a fuller understanding of Him? Or have you been ignoring our Savior in favor of other earthly pursuits. Resolve to know and understand your Savior through prayer and Bible Study, and then you will see success come in the Christian life.

Devotional by Pastor CJ Armstrong