Do I Know About Jesus or Do I Know Jesus?


Question: “Many know about Jesus and many want to be closer to Jesus, but why is there such a difference between knowing about Jesus and knowing Jesus?”



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Some have detailed knowledge about their favorite movie star or sports star, but they still do not know them personally. It is the same with Jesus. Many have detailed knowledge of Him, but they do not have the relationship with Him that He wants with us. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord (1 Corinthians 1:9). You have a choice, you can be satisfied knowing about Jesus or you can enter into an intimate relationship with Him. he rewards those who earnestly seek him (Hebrews 11:6). Could it be that we simply don’t know how to seek Him or are not trying?


Meditate on the following scripture as it contains the answer to seeking Him and we will then review its application.


But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as garbage, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him (Philippians 3:7-9).


Paul had already been visited by Jesus on the Damascus Road (Acts 9) and later was taken up to the third heaven (2 Corinthians 12:2) where he spent time with Jesus. And yet, what did Paul say he wanted? More of Jesus and that everything that had been of value he now counted as garbage. The only thing that now mattered in his life was more of Jesus.


The greatest joy that can occur in our life, the only joy that is eternal as all other joys are fleeting, is the joy of fellowship with Jesus in which we hear Him speak to us, guide us, sense His presence and power working through us.


Pure heart

Many Christian desire a greater relationship with Jesus, but they do not understand what keeps them from having that relationship. So what keeps us from finding that intimate relationship with Jesus?  It’s sin in our heart. Sin is what separates us from Jesus. God is looking for a pure heart. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God (Matthew 5:8).


If you are not pure in heart, don’t expect an intimate relationship with God. It is sins of bitterness, unresolved anger, sensual thoughts and actions, pride, lies, slander, gossip and unforgiveness that is causing an impure heart. Recall that God is sinless and our sins are repulsive to Him. To please God, we need to repent and walk a walk that will produce a pure sinless heart. Fortunately, if we are serious, Jesus is always happy to help us.  


Do any of these sins apply to you?  Now is the time to pray for self-inspection.


Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:23-24).


And why do we have these sins that separate? We may deny it, but our actions show that we consider our wants more important than making Jesus the most important thing in our lives.


And Jesus said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15).


We keep seeking answers to who am I, do I have all that I should have, am I accepted socially, am I properly recognized for my accomplishments, what do people thing of me, am I being treated fairly, and do people care about me? These questions keep our attention on us, but the answers will never satisfy. In comparison, they quickly lose their importance as we learn to put Jesus first in our lives.


One of the devil’s traps is that the better we become at something and the more we accomplish, the more vulnerable we become to the demons of pride.


When each of our good deeds and accomplishments elevates us in our own eyes, we forget to elevating Jesus and then wonder why we always feel that there is a distant separation between ourselves and Him.


Choice

At some point in our life, and now is an opportune time to come to grips with the question, “who will be the most important in my life - me or Jesus”. We can not do both, it will never work. We have to choose for there is no such thing as a half-pure heart.


Choosing self does not mean that you will lose your salvation, but it does mean that you are losing that which is most important, a joyful relationship with Jesus. And choosing Jesus does not mean you will lose everything else, but it does mean that Jesus will become of the utmost importance in your life and you will walk with Him in joy unspeakable.


Bragging

Jeremiah points out the importance of bragging on Jesus rather than bragging on ourselves.


This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord (Jeremiah 9:23-24). What did the Lord say He delights in?


When we contemplate all the wonders of Jesus and what He has done for us, there really is nothing in our lives to brag about except Him.


The following are just a few of the things we can brag on Jesus about.

 

in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy (Colossians 1:14-18).


In comparison to Jesus, there is nothing we have worthy of bragging about. When we accomplish something of value, it’s fine to be pleased, but lets not glory in it, rather, glory in God who made it possible for us to accomplish the something of value. When you do this, you connect with Him on a new level and lose yourself in His exceeding love.


And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Colossians 3:17).


The walk

As we learn to release and celebrate His worthiness rather than our own, with a pure heart, we move into a position way beyond anything we have experienced before. However, this is not just for good times, but even more so during bad times, hard times, and even painful times.


If during bad and difficult time, our emphases is on our problem, then the center of our life is us rather than Jesus. God has clearly told us that in this world of sin, we will have problems but that He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5-6) and that He works all things together for our good (Romans 8:28). We learn how to live in both pain and prosperity when we learn how to praise Him during times of both pain and prosperity.


Without an intimate relationship with Jesus, all the prosperity and goods, all the success of the world, is only a clanging cymbal, a cheap toy that quickly fades away. In the end, they leave you sitting in a nursing home regretting all the important things in life that you missed.


Summary

To have a blessed relationship with Jesus, we need to come to Him with a pure heart and a desire to make Him #1 in our life, to make Him the most important and cherished person in our existence.


Jesus is waiting for such a relationship. He is waiting for us to move from knowing about Him to knowing Him. When we know Him, we can trust Him and live in His joy and peace.


May the God of hope fill me with all joy and peace as I trust in him (Rom 15:13).



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