I have been challenged recently while reading a 'rather dangerous little book by Watchman Nee', titled, "Christ - The Sum of All Things Spiritual" At any rate the scripture Paul write's I was thinking about a possible dichotomy of having been given the Power to Become a Child of God, Having Been adopted into God's Family, but then not maintaining the relationship of truly 'Knowing' Christ Jesus and Him Crucified... That knowing Christ is a pre-requisite for also knowing resurrection Power... Some random thoughts include... I am my mothers son... Fact My mom lives about 40 minutes away... Fact I (say) I love my mom... Fact But, I almost never call her or go for a visit... I remain her son... But, the relationship is lacking... I am married to my wife who loves me deeeply... Now, if we were to stop communicating, I dare say we would drift apart... If we were to drift apart long enough... One or the other of us might seek a substitute... Now consider our relationship to Christ... How is our communciation? No I am not talking about prayer of petition but rather Mary-like prayers of Love and adoration at His feet... No I am not talking about singing great operetta's in the general congregation... But, that quiet little love song in the night... I am not talking about praising Him before men but honestly looking at what has been done in our lives and telling Jesus to His face thanks! You did good... We, as humans, are so busy doing, getting, and being, that we forget about the one on one with Jesus, simply because He is family and it's neat to just sit there and spend time with Him... I am reminded of Not only are we supposed to not have any other 'god' relations... (Virgin) But, we aren't even supposed to be 'Flirting' (Chaste) Do I 'flirt' with other God's in my hobbies and free time... Do I 'flirt' with leadership power or position in the local church... I don't know if this is making any sense or not... But, for me, I can see where I need to take a 'Mary' break and just enjoy being my Elder Brother's brother.