One of the most important topics we could ever talk about is this: Learning to know God. It is sometimes said that the difference between Christian faith and other religions is this: Faith in Jesus is RELATIONSHIP, other faiths are RELIGIONS. Often, in other religions, the task is to “respect”, “worship”, “obey”, “please” the god you serve or believe in (whoever it is). Faith in Jesus invites us to a relationship where we are called to learn to know God and have a relationship with Him.
As followers of Jesus, we are called to learn to know God deeply:
Hos. 6:3…Let us acknowledge the Lord, let us press on to acknowledge Him.
John 17:3…Now this is eternal life; that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
God invites us to a close relationship with Him:
James 4:8…Come near to God and he will come near to you.
- Learn to know Him as Father…Rom. 8:14-15.
- Learn to know Him as Saviour…John 1:29.
- Learnt to know Him as indwelling power, the Holy Spirit. Acts 19:1-7.
It is also a fact that one can be very involved in “church-work”, without knowing Him and having a relationship with Him. Knowing facts about God is not the same as knowing Him personally:
John 8:19…You do not know me or my Father…If you knew me, you would know my Father also. This Jesus said to scribes that had been studying the word of God (the Old Testament) all their life.
Matth 7:22-23…Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? …I never knew you, He says.
A relationship is something “living”, organic. It is nothing “static”, based on head-knowledge only. There is a deep knowing that creates attachment and intimacy. It creates true bonding.
What does it take to develop a relationship?
– Willingness to learn to know the person
– What more?