Even if you believe in God, go to church and call yourself a Christian, please read this. Even if it does not apply to you, perhaps it is for someone dear to you. I share below from the depths of my heart, even if you don’t usually read my posts, please read this!
We can’t have a deeply intimate relationship with Someone we don’t talk to or spend time alone with. It’s a wonder that the God of the universe wants to be with us! That in itself is worth pondering on for a while. Ought we not pursue knowing this amazingly “other than” God?
Do you truly know Jesus? Do you have a relationship with Him? Do you spend time talking to Him, praying, asking Him what’s on His heart? Do you spend time in the Word, seeking to know who He is and His truth? Do you seek to live a holy life, not out of trying to be good to look good, but because He loves you and gave His life for you and you want to live for Him?
Christ didn’t die so that we could be saved at a one time moment in our lives and get a free ticket to heaven. We don’t just accept Christ and then go about our lives as we wish, even if we go to church on Sunday and pray occasionally when a difficult situation comes into our lives. Eternal life is knowing Him–that’s a relationship, on the inside of us coming forth outwardly, not the other way around. Even if you’ve had years of seminary or served in a church since such-and-such age or are on staff, do you have a personal you-and-God relationship with the Lord?
Jesus said that knowing God through Him is what brings eternal life to us. It’s not a head knowledge, study the Bible and memorize verses and go to church on Sunday type of knowing. It’s an intimate knowing–close-knit and growing closer as in marriage or the deepest of friendships. It’s to be the most valued and important relationship in your life. It’s about knowing Jesus like you would know your husband or wife. It’s like knowing God the Father as a child who lets go of all fear and rests in their daddy’s arms. It’s stopping your thoughts and not relying on your feelings and intently listening for the guidance and teaching of God’s Holy Spirit, who will help you to have communion with God and walk in love and holiness.
Do you know Him? It’s not worth being unsure about. Do you want to go to hell? No, no one does! We will all live forever–either with God in beauty and freedom from pain, or in unending torment. It isn’t a harsh message, it’s truth and I don’t want any to go to hell. More than that, God’s heart breaks at the thought of any living in torment forever. He wants that all might be saved from sin and death.
Do you know Him? Has your life changed since you declared yourself a Christian? Not just in how you act and how you speak and think or going to church once a week–that is not knowing the Lord. Do you spend time getting to know the very God who bought you through killing His own Son? Have you truly encountered Christ Jesus, bleeding and hanging from the Cross, His heart wide open in love and longing for you? Have you then turned away from living for yourself and turned to God and living for Him?
He died for you so that you could know Him and spend your life getting to know Him more and more. Beloved, it didn’t stop at salvation. He wants to grow you closer to Him every day and to sanctify you to the greatest possible holiness and selfless love, but if you don’t let Him, He won’t force you. And by pursuing a relationship with Him, He will change you by His Spirit–it isn’t of ourselves that we can be good. We have no good in us. He wants a love relationship with you, friend not slave-servant. And by knowing Him you will grow more like Him, not by trying to be good in your own strength.
Jesus prayed this very prayer for you:
“…this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
…Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.”
(John 17:3, 24)
He wants us to know Him, to be with Him, and to behold His glory.
Do you know Him? Do not wait and wonder. Go to God.
If you know Him, do you spend time getting to know Him more? Come to Him, be with Him more. He longs to be with you–He loves you, He’s not mad at you, no matter what the lies of the enemy or what your feelings say. Engage in the relationship of a lifetime—of eternity!–the most precious one you will ever have.