Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ. Philippians 3:8
As priests of God of the royal household of the Lord Jesus Christ, having been washed in His blood, adopted as children of the King, we are obligated to seek Him in an intimate relationship as His disciples did. When one is born into the Kingdom of God he becomes a minister of the good news of the kingdom as he begins to receive the knowledge of Christ.
The apostle Paul was an educated man having been trained in the teaching and rituals of the sect of the Pharisees, the religious order of the day. By today's standards he would hold a PhD in religion having studied in and graduated from the denominational seminaries of the world, but Paul counted all of this learning and degrees as garbage in regards to knowing Jesus. To know Him is the most important thing the believer can seek upon entrance to the divine kingdom of our Lord, without which he will only become a spectator doomed to rot in a pew.
Many claim to know the Lord Jesus, having prayed a little prayer and joined a church, but many never come to the knowledge of the truth of Who He really is to them and what He expects of them. In order to know Him, one must spend quality time seeking Him in prayer, establishing a dialog with Him of intimacy through worship and meditation, in other words, pondering over His word and extracting revelation knowledge and prophetic insight that will allow him to grow in the grace and favor of God.
That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings being conformed to His death. Philippians 3:10
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin