A taste of FAITH, a touch of LAUGHTER.
Do we KNOW Jesus?
Or do we just know ABOUT Jesus?
I sat in my church this morning listening to a message from Mark Myles based on Ephesians 4:1-16, and thought about this, the importance of KNOWING Jesus. I thought about my friends who are sick and those who have passed on very recently. Do they, did they, KNOW Jesus?
I thought about Facebook, and the proliferation of photo messages and sayings about Jesus, and I wondered how many posting really KNOW Jesus. I thought about my own life, and questioned myself. Do I KNOW Jesus?
Knowing Jesus is something quite different from knowing ABOUT Jesus. It takes a long time and much attention to really know someone. These days, as Mark rightly said, we can know so much ABOUT people so easily, but we don’t KNOW them. We can know so much about Jesus, but do we actually know Him? How do we KNOW Him?
Do we spend any time at all with Him? Do we talk to Him? Do we know His interests, His pursuits? Do we know what brings Him pleasure, displeasure? Do we pay any attention at all to Him in our daily lives?
I’m asking myself these questions. I’m thinking about how I spend my days, my time, and exactly how much of it is spent in getting to know the One who gave His life that I might be able to KNOW Him. I’m questioning my use of technology, my phone, the computer, and wondering about the value of that, if it takes me away from knowing Christ. Sure, there is much of good can be done there, can be learned there, but am I burning myself out with those activities and neglecting personal interaction with the One I need to KNOW?
E-mails flood my inbox. Notifications overwhelm me. There aren’t enough hours in the day. I’m tired. I can’t see it all. I can’t do it all. Am I neglecting the one most important thing of all?
YES, I am. The One who sustains me. The One who brings me life. The One who renews and refreshes me. The One who died that I might live, and live abundantly. I’m neglecting Him and allowing the cares of this life, the mechanics of this life, the persistent demands of technology, to crowd Him out.
I need to simplify. Pare down. Make space. Give room. Give place.
If I am to survive, if my testimony is to be true, I need to live it out. knowing Him is to be my priority. The rest will fall into place naturally as an outcome.
I know this. I have known this. Where did I lose track? Where did I go off the rails? Where did I lose myself? How did I lose touch with Him?
This song spoke into my heart and my being in church this morning, so I am sharing it here with you. I hope you KNOW Him today, and that it is the most important thing in this world to you. I hope, if it’s not the case, if you have wandered, if you have become lost or distracted on your way, if this touches you in some deep place, that you choose to make the changes I know I myself must make.
Time is short. Start today. You are not alone ❤