Did I Ever Really Know Him?
Did I Ever Really Know Him?
Ever wake up and realize you don’t know someone? You thought you did. You thought you had a close relationship. You thought you knew him. You thought you were on the same page – headed the same direction. But then you realize things are not as you thought. You suddenly wonder, did I ever really know him?
It has happened to me. Has it happened to you? You are probably sifting through your relationships and realizing you have experienced this on some level – maybe with a mate, maybe with what you thought was a close friend. But, will you do me a favor? Instead of thinking of friends and family, will you take a gander at your relationship with Jesus? Maybe you have accepted Him as your Savior. You love Him. You believe in Him. You know that He is the only way to Heaven. But as you look back, ask yourself, “Did I ever really know Him?” I am not challenging your salvation – that is between you and God. But what I am suggesting is that accepting Jesus as your Savior and getting to really know Him and who He is are two totally different things.
You see, I fell in love with Jesus as a child. But my passion for Him came and went with the seasons. Some times I lived for Him, but most times I lived for me. I would tell you that I had a close relationship with Him, but how could I? I spent very little time with Him. I was too busy being consumed with me – my goals, my plans, my family, my desires, my needs, my feelings, my friends, my to-do list, my opinion, my way, and my will. Then something happened. First, my perfect way and plan fell apart and I grabbed ahold of Jesus. For the first time in my life, I learned what it meant to truly trust in Him. He was there, always faithful, always good. Then a few years later He whispered ‘more’ to me over and over and over again. He drove me crazy for months. I argued because I thought He wanted me to do more. I was already too busy. Finally, I realized He wanted more of me. He wanted me to know Him more, love Him more and become more of who He was calling me to be. He beckoned me. He wanted me to move closer to Him.
Please stay with me. This post is not about me. This post is about all of us. This is for everyone who has fooled themselves into believing that they are good with God. Ha! None of us are good with God. We all fall short. We all let Him down. We all have work to do to fulfill our part of this relationship. So, I am sharing this to say that what I have discovered is that our relationship with Jesus can be CRAZY GOOD! It can far exceed our expectations. It can rock our world. It can blow our mind. It is worth the effort that we need to put forth. So, can I encourage you to look back and ask yourself, “Did I ever really know Him? Have I ever really trusted Him? Am I a trustworthy friend to Him?”
If this is inspiring you to know Him more, what can we do? How can we prove ourselves to be more faithful, more trusting and more in love with Jesus? We can jump in and do what it takes to build a relationship:
- Listen to Him. Reading a devo so we feel good about ourselves is wasted time. Sit down and get into His word. Read it, study it and ask Him to come and sit with you. The Bible tells us that we need God’s Word just like a newborn needs milk. Without understanding His Word, we cannot grow. (I Peter 2:2-3)
- Talk to Him. Pray and praise Him for who He is. Thank Him for what He has done for you. Tell Him, “Jesus, I want to know you more!” Ask Him to help you be open so you can truly discover how to love Him with all of your heart, all of your soul and all of your mind. (Matthew 22:37)
- Exchange your ways for His ways. No longer rely on your feelings and opinions. Get to know what God’s Word says, talk to Jesus about it and let the Holy Spirit guide you in your decisions, reactions and thought processes. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
- Grow your circle of friends. With Jesus as your best friend, invite others who love Him into your circle. Makes sense, right? By spending time with mutual friends – we grow in our relationship with Him. The Bible tells us that iron sharpens iron. (Proverbs 27:17) Spending time with those who love Him inspires our love for Him.
Whatever excuses are running through your mind, get rid of them. No matter how early you already get up, get up earlier. No matter how busy you are, make time. No matter what you love to do, give it up for Him. It seems crazy until you experience it for yourself. But you can know Jesus in a way you may have never imagined. He is alive and well and waits for you to invite Him over. He wants to hang out with you. He wants to have long talks. He is already a friend to you and He desires for you to be a friend in return. Life is short. Time is passing. Don’t settle for a “Did I ever really know Him?” life. Choose the abundant life with Jesus as your very best friend!
Maybe right now He is whispering to you…beckoning you. Listen…
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