What do you want?
Most of us have a list. It might include things like better health, more security, more friends, more stuff. It probably includes a few dreams and ambitions. It may include an understanding of yourself. All of these are good things, but there is something much more precious. There is something that will satisfy you more than anything else. The rich young ruler turned it down. Judas sent it back. Pilate found it irrelevant. But God says it’s everything.
Jesus said, “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3) Lots of us think of ‘eternal life’ strictly in terms of Heaven, thereby reducing it to less than it is. We want to go somewhere rather than know Someone. But Jesus makes it perfectly clear that knowing God (by knowing Jesus) is the fullest definition of life. All of us would agree that mere existence isn’t enough – we need love and hope and faith to carry us forward. The soul withers in their absence. So when Jesus prays for His friends, He prays that they would “know” Him. Is that your ambition, or are you hoping something less will satisfy? Dear friends, your life and mine aren’t ends in themselves, they are the means to know God. So let me invite you to make those fifteen minutes of prayer and meditation on the Scriptures the most important part of your day, and let me encourage you to serve secretly and give quietly and forgive extravagantly. Eternal life begins right now for those who think it’s worthwhile to get to know God. “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Eph 3:17-19). As the old song says, to know Him is to love Him. I’ll see you on Sunday, Be true!