Many people mistake knowing about God with knowing God. They aren’t the same. One may or may not lead to any change. The other totally changes our lives. Paul wrote to the people in the city of Colossae to warn them not to overestimate their knowledge, but instead to trust in the true gospel so that they could really know God. His warning makes a lot of sense for us as well!
We all know of people who are in the news—people who are known to many others in the world. We know about them, form opinions about them—but do we really know them? There is a big difference between knowing about someone, and knowing them. This difference is especially important in our relationship to Jesus. Knowing Jesus is not the same as knowing about Him!
"He Is And We Were"
As we grow to know Jesus, we come to understand his characteristics. But those characteristics are best understood in the context of life. His life, and our life—before and after we come to “know Jesus”.
Mysteries intrigue us. They make us think. They’re like puzzles—challenging us to understand. But mysteries, like puzzles, need to be solved. If they aren’t solved, we find ourselves curious, even frustrated. But if THE Mystery isn’t solved, the consequences are far greater.
"Faith That Doesn't Move"
Knowing about Jesus can satisfy curiosity—even make us think we have faith. But when life’s struggles hit, such knowledge doesn’t keep our faith from shifting, causing us to fall. But Knowing Jesus is different—it can provide strength and stability that allows us to stand, unmoving, in our faith when life’s struggles come.
Knowing about Jesus can lead to a change in how we live. But Knowing Jesus can change who we are. The first can lead us to changes that may or may not be pleasing to the Lord. But when he changes who we are, we find ourselves Living Jesus.
When we change, it is more than just our behavior. Our motivation changes as well. We shift from pleasing ourselves or someone important to us, to doing what we do to be faithful to the Lord. Decisions are made on a new basis—not just what we want, but what pleases Him. The more we Know Him, the more our lives are lived for Him.
If we are to do everything in Jesus’ name, what does that look like in the most important situations in life—in our families, or our life’s work? Truly Knowing Jesus changes us in every way.
When our lives change because we know Jesus, it impacts us in two directions—toward Him, and towards other people. If we really know Jesus, the story of our life I shaped by what—by who—we know.
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