To Know & Be Known
I have always struggled with the thought of Christianity being labeled a religion. It has just never seemed personal enough to me. Giving your life over to God isn’t about being in a religion or having ‘rules’ to follow. Being a Christian is about knowing and continually drawing nearer to God. Not only should we desire for a close, personal relationship with Him, but He also wants a personal relationship with us. God is our great Savior, as well as, the all-knowing, wise and loving friend that we so deeply desire.
Known for hosting HGTV’s Fixer Upper, Joanna Gaines said, “I came to think of God as more of a gracious friend who was accompanying me on this journey, a friend who wanted to carry my burdens and speak into my life and shape me into who I really was and who I would become.”
God shapes us when we feel shapeless. He’s the most important person of all time. He is the ultimate God, Father, and Friend and we only exist because of His goodness and grace. He’s the only one we need, and we are dependent upon Him. From the very beginning of time, we were created to love and serve Him. He didn’t need us, but He wanted us. He wanted us to glorify Him and draw near in a personal relationship with Him. Genesis 3:9-10 (ESV) tells us, “But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”
I love these verses because they show the love God has for us, despite our sin. God is omniscient. He knew Adam and Eve had sinned before He even called to them. He knew their sin, and yet, He still called them. The problem was that after the fall of man, Adam and Eve were no longer focused on their relationship with God; they were worried about hiding and attempting to cover up their shame. To this day, many still see sin as an eternal barrier separating us from God.
Christian music artist, Michael W. Smith said, “Real joy comes when we get the right desire met - the desire for God himself, for a life led by the Spirit, fulfilling not our material desires but our deepest need, which is to be in a close relationship with our Creator. That is the source of true blessing. The only source.”
God loves us and wants a personal relationship with us. He made the ultimate step in that relationship; He sent His Son to die for our sins, bridging the gap between us. All we must do is believe and seek after Him. A personal relationship with God is the best thing that can happen to anyone. It will bring you true joy in all aspects of life. Don’t let the weight of your sin stop you from pursing a personal relationship with God!