Thursday, August 30, 2007

How do you know you know him?

To know God is one of man’s deepest desires. We want to feel his touch, experience his love, please him, and know that we will live with him forever. The last thing any of us wants to hear is “depart from me for I never knew you”. I think we can all agree that knowing God is important.

So, how do we know we know him? The Apostle John presents a direct correlation between knowing God and obeying God.
We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. – 1 John 2:3-4
Jesus equates obedience to love. He says that if we truly love him then we will obey him.
If you love me, you will obey what I command. – John 14:15
So, do we want to know God? Do we want to be close to him and have a real relationship with him? Then we need to love him. And true love will be evidenced in a life of obedience. We know love matters, but true love starts with obedience and ends in a beautiful relationship - knowing the savior of the world and the savior knowing you.

Here’s the progression: Love God => Obey God => Know God

Is your life characterized by obedience to Christ? Can you honestly say you have repented? Have you stopped living for yourself, turned from the world and its passions, and now live only for Jesus and his desires? According to God’s Word, how you answer these questions will give you some insight into whether or not you really know him.

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