If you were to ask some people what is the most important thing in life? You would probably get some different answers such as loving my family, treating others the way you want to be treated, hard work, being a good citizen or simply to be happy. After all, this desire or drawing to love or be happy seems to be ingrained in how we humans are made.
Any discussion about what’s really important in life has to involve God. I have been thinking about the difference between knowing about God and actually knowing God. What would God himself say is the most important thing in life? Thank God he has given us his word. Throughout the Bible we can find what is most important to God. Jeremiah 9:23-24 says, Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises loving-kindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord. Here we have the answer. Knowing God is the ultimate goal beyond wisdom, strength or riches. It would only make sense to me that we spend as much of our lives as possible in getting to know him and a little less in our pursuit of these other things.
Knowing God rather than just knowing about him changes everything. One can know about someone and yet not really know them. Just this morning my wife Tracey told me something about herself she had never told me before. We have known each other for about 24yrs and yet there are still things about her I don’t know. Amazing! So when it comes to knowing someone we will only know them as they choose to reveal themselves to us. God is the same way. If he didn’t want us to know him we would never know him. I thank God he does though, and he has done all that is necessary for us to get to know him in Christ.
The first chapter of Hebrews tells us God spoke long ago through prophets and many other ways but now, in these last days, he has spoken to us through his son. Jesus Christ, God’s son, is “the radiance of his glory and the exact representation of his nature…” Jesus himself told Phillip “He who has seen me has seen the Father…” So, if we want to know God it will only happen upon our getting to know Jesus Christ. In fact Jesus said to the Father, “This is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”
Sin is the ultimate barrier that keeps us from knowing God. Thankfully God in Christ came and dealt with it, not just so we could be cleansed from sin, but so we could come to know him. If we aren’t careful we will stop short of the goal thinking that sin removal is the whole point when, in fact, it is only a means to an end. The goal is in knowing God. In Hosea 6 there is an amazing verse that reads “For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, and in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.” Loyalty is an important part of knowing someone isn’t it? After all, if we aren’t loyal we can’t very well call ourselves friends can we? God tells us he delights in us knowing him. He wants us to know him.
Jesus promised his disciples he would send them a comforter. He told them he wouldn’t leave them as orphans but instead he would come to them. He said, “He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will disclose myself to him.” Like I said, if someone doesn’t reveal themselves to you, you really can’t know them. Jesus promises to reveal himself to them that love him. I can’t think of anything any more amazing than that. Because of Jesus Christ and what he did we can know God!
Written by Louie