Sunday, June 15, 2014

All kinds of knowing

The towering stack on the edge of my desk responded to a whisper of a touch by plummeting to the ground, scattering pieces of stray paper half-way across my office/library. There was nothing to be done but sort through the mess, throw most of it away, and organize the rest. 

As I began to sort papers, I came across a scrap on which I'd written a quote. "It's a shame to have known someone so long, but never know Him".  I have no idea who said it, but he was speaking about rediscovering the object of his faith. 

After accepting Christ as a child, he had continued to be involved in church activities. He had attended Sunday School and worship services every week, along with Sunday evening and mid-week services for years. Attending church services did not make a relationship with God, however. It wasn't that he didn't want to know God better. The problem was that he didn't know it was possible, much less how to begin. 

He had attended a men's retreat designed to build leaders and strengthen the local church. He thought it might make him a better deacon. He had no idea it would transform his life. Over the course of the weekend, he began to understand about discipleship and how to be a disciple. He had know about Jesus all his life. He had finally begin to know Jesus. 

He was right. It is a shame to know everything there is to know about someone, to think you know someone, only to find you've spent a lifetime without ever really getting acquainted. It is tragic when that someone is Almighty God. 

Being a disciple. It's more than church attendance and tithing. It's a relationship that will transform your life as well as the world around you. How well do you know Jesus?