Do I know you?

walkI know Tom Brady, QB of the NE Patriots. You’re right, I do not really know him. He is not going to call me to be his guest at the next game at Gillette Stadium, nor is he coming to have dinner at my house anytime soon.  We are not friends or even acquaintances. I only know about him, what is published, what I see when he plays football!

Do you know Jesus Christ or do you only know about Him?

The Lord of Glory can be known by us, loved, a Friend, Someone with whom we have daily fellowship. Amazing, isn’t it, that God chooses to make Himself known to us through the Spirit?  Sadly, so many who are part of Christian churches never really come to know Jesus. They are content to know about Him, while others invest the time to cultivate a friendship with Him.

Jesus says this to each of us – “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:19-20, NIV)  Pause to think about that offer. I am acquainted with hundreds of people, have conversations every day with dozens of them, but only a handful are close friends, intimately aware of who I am, what I think, of the things I enjoy. Nothing illustrates that kind of ‘knowing’ like sitting down to dinner and having 2 hours fly by as we converse. Jesus says that He wants to know us like supper companion!

John, the apostle, also called the ‘Beloved,’ spoke often of knowing Jesus. He records Jesus’ words from the Last Supper that are personal and intimate. “If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.” (John 14:15-21, NIV)

We are given a Gift that makes that connection. The Holy Spirit, the 3rd Person of the God-head, lives in us, leads us, teaches us, and we know Him, not just about Him! In his letter to the Church, John says that we have an ‘anointing’ from the Holy One.  He explains that our knowing is possible because of the work of the Spirit, that He is put on us, like oil smeared on the head of one consecrated to holy service! As a result of that anointing, we   “know the truth.” (1 John 2:20, NIV)

As with any friendship, we must cultivate our friendship with Jesus Christ. A key, He says, is obedience. We cannot claim to be intimately connected to Him and yet openly defy the Father’s will. If we love Him, He says, we will do what He says.  Beyond that obedience, there is priority. One of the joys and demands of a friendship is time.  I will prioritize my time so that I can be with those I really love. How can we claim to love Jesus if we send little time in worship or prayer?

Meditate on this word from the Word.  If you only know about Jesus, invite Him to become your God, your Savior, and your Friend. In Him, you will find a life that is beyond comprehension of those who do not love and serve Him. “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing.” (John 15:5, The Message)  “I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love. “I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature.” (John 15:9-11, The Message)

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This is the hymn of my life …

What A Friend We Have In Jesus

What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer
O what peace we often forfeit
O what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer

 Have we trials and temptations
Is there trouble anywhere
We should never be discouraged
Take it to the Lord in prayer
Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share
Jesus knows our every weakness
Take it to the Lord in prayer

 Are we weak and heavy laden
Cumbered with a load of care\
Precious Savior still our refuge
Take it to the Lord in prayer\
Do thy friends despise forsake thee
Take it to the Lord in prayer\
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee
Thou wilt find a solace there

Charles Crozat Converse | Joseph Medlicott Scriven

© Words: Public Domain

 

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