The hardest thing about blogging is realizing that sometimes people you consider friends won’t read what you wrote.
You see, when I pour my heart out and press “publish” I feel like I’m allowing you to see into me. And, if I consider you part of my inner circle and you don’t take that opportunity to know me better…I have to fight some slight feelings of rejection.
Then there’s my husband. He has to read my posts. He can’t say he loves me and have no interest in what I write. That’s just inconsistent…
Then, I think about all those years that I said I knew God, that I understood the Gospel, that I followed Jesus.
But, I rarely read his posts.
So many of us desire to change our lives…We want to be transformed. We want to lose weight…stop over-spending, stop yelling at our kids, stop fighting with our spouse. But, we don’t want to get to know the one who can actually transform us.
We’ll follow friends on Twitter…subscribe to great “encouraging” blogs that we love…and check our Facebook news feeds 49 times an hour. We read a lot.
But, reading a chapter of scripture. Is that really necessary? (Oh, wait…that’s right…you probably don’t have time to read the Bible…)
If you want to be different in 2014…get to KNOW Him. You can’t do that through meditating on what you THINK YOU ALREADY know about him. You have to get a fresh dose every day. You have to read His posts.
I know …you may have a lot of Bible verses memorized…I know, you may have even been raised in the church and have a mental rolodex of thousands of sermons you’ve heard. But, I beg of you…consider that you still may not know Him. His word says that people who cast out demons and do great works for him will still hear the words, “Depart from me …I don’t know you!”
We live in an era of cultural Christianity…people who may have been raised in church and think they are “good” or people who feel like they’ve made a commitment one time…and don’t have to do anything more. I fear for those who believe this is Biblical. I think these are also the ones God is talking about in the verse above.
I made a public commitment when I married my husband almost nine years ago. I walked forward and said I do (just like a lot of people do to get saved…). If today I stopped communicating with him…stopped talking to him and stopped listening to him… What would that do to our relationship? I mean – surely that first 8 years we spent together built a good enough foundation that we can kind of “do our own things” now and be just fine. Right? I’m not going to forget basic facts about him…how he prefers his eggs to be cooked…and what he takes in his coffee, will I? I know a whole lot about him…I won’t forget it.
Isn’t that enough?
No. Because once we stop communicating. We will no longer be in relationship.
And, let me elaborate just a little further. This has to be a two way street. If our only communication is me sending him a text once a day when I need help or am in trouble…and I’m not allowing him to communicate back with me …We still aren’t in relationship. (In other words -those one sentence prayers you shoot up all day long…although God doesn’t mind them…they aren’t enough to sustain your relationship.)
Here are 3 things to do this year to KNOW him:
1. Read God’s Posts First: Before you read your email, check social media, or even the newspaper headline, open your Bible app (or, hey- your Bible) and read his word. Don’t read the same verse or book everyday — use a system and get through the whole thing. Otherwise you’ll miss out on a lot that he hast to say to you. If you only read the Psalms, you are going to miss the usefulness of books like James where we learn to watch what we say or the Gospels where we see how Jesus actually lived. If that sounds too daunting – use the one our church is using that captures the main themes of the Bible. Get it by clicking here.
2. Reference God’s Posts First: How often do we struggle and turn to a friend for advice instead of God’s word? Let me assure you that if your friend isn’t grounded in the Bible (i.e. reading God’s posts…regularly)…She’s going to give you bad advice. Pray and seek wisdom from the scriptures first. Then, turn to a friend who is doing the same and see if her advice matches. If you get conflicting answers — honestly assess whose doing the diligent work of seeking God regularly. Who’s in fellowship with other believers regularly? Who is doing what God’s word says to do. If she’s not…(if her answer to, “When’s the last time you read the Bible?” is…”Ummm…well, I’ve been so busy…” and “We just can’t find a church we like…”) then find a new confidant.
3. Refer TO God’s Posts First: What about when you are on the other side of the friendship coin — and asked for advice on an issue… Who do you refer her to? Do you send an Oprah quote set in a pretty font that you saw on Pinterest? Do you google “inspiring sayings” and read to her the one that best applies? Or, do you send her to God’s Word? Do you know the Bible well enough to do that — or does that sound too intimidating? If it does, don’t despair. Just go back to point one and get on it.
I believe you will be amazed at how God’s word does exactly what it says it does. It transforms. It comforts. It guides. Your answers are not in US Weekly or your inbox.
Make your top priority of 2014 to know him. Then, he can say he knows you too.
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Matt. 7:21-23 (ESV)
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