Mmm…I’m not sure if I agree with that…I thumb through my Bible searching for a passage I read just a few days ago that will prove my point…back my point of view. Sound familiar or is that just me?
Recently Daniel reminded us that our focus…our desire needs to be to know God more.
I don’t think I’ll ever understand how great is God’s desire for us to know him more. I’m ashamed to say it keeps coming back to being all about me!
Paul ‘got it’. So many of Paul’s letters to the Churches began with a similar prayer.
Ephesians 1; I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ the glorious Father may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that you may know Him better.
Philippians 3:10; I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings becoming like him in his death.
Colossians 1; that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way bearing fruit in every good work growing in the knowledge of God.
It’s not like…Oh, I’m so glad this happened I’ll get to know God more. Sometimes, in the very dark times, it’s not even words. It’s snuggling into God and telling him we love him and will continue to trust him when nothing makes sense. That’s when we get to know God!!
Am I prepared for the radical work God wants to do in my life? Oh, we can so easily fill our minds with knowledge eager to tell others what we think they should know about Jesus but am I waiting for his Spirit to teach me…willing for God to challenge my mind to see that my world view…so many of my values are not Christ like at all? If we truly desire to know God more we’ll begin to see the world from a whole new perspective.
We’ll begin to see Jesus in the broken humanity, like the person who just cut us up on the road, or the aboriginal shouting on the train or the muslim wrapped up in their hijab, or the person serving us in McDonalds. I think when we expect to see Jesus in them or are open to what Christ may have revealed of Himself to them (even in their broken state) we are coming closer to seeing Jesus where He wants us to find Him. You see it’s all about relationship and His love for ALL humanity. Think of the leper, the tax collector, the prostitute, the demoniac – This is where Jesus was always found and I believe He still is today. When we start seeing Jesus in the broken and lost – we will begin to find who He really is.