Do you know Jesus? No, not do you know about Him, but–do you have a vibrant, personal relationship with Him in your own life? Now, that’s not possible, you may say, with Someone who lived and died two thousand years ago–and you’d be absolutely correct; it isn’t, because the person has to be alive in order to be able to respond and relate back to you. Yet that’s what God’s plan for us is; it’s God stepping down to seek out an active, ongoing relationship–with me!
“Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (John 17:3 NIV)
Sometimes we get confused. God tells us a lot in the Bible, and much of it is what the life looks like after you start following Jesus, so we can end up putting the cart before the horse–we may think if we’re good, then God will accept us, when the truth is that God will accept us regardless of where we’re at because none of us–even those of us who look like we are–are good.
We’re all messed up. Apart from the direct intervention of God through Jesus Christ, our condition is bad: “God looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one!”( Psalms 53:2-3 NLT)
Yet, God takes us. He is willing to take all–He accepts anyone and everyone who wants to come to Him: “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” (2 Peter 3:9 NLT) He accepts everyone who humbles himself and repents, but He doesn’t leave us as we are when we come to Him; He then works on us to make us into the people He wants us to be–“…a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9 NIV)
Keep in mind that He doesn’t take us because we’re such great people–if we’re good enough the way we are, for what sins would Jesus have had to die? No. He takes us, not because we’re good enough, but despite the fact that we’re not. But then, if we really believe in Christ Jesus, that He is who He claims He is, and trust Him enough with our lives–during the remainder of those lives, He continues working on us through the power of His Spirit to make us into the people He wants us to be–into someone much less distorted by the effects of sin.
But how does God relate to us? The answer is that He relates to us as a loving, kind Father does to His precious child! As we live in constant fellowship with Him, as we “pray without ceasing” and get to know Him more and more by hearing and reading His Word, we feel His love–His active presence in our lives–more and more, we sense His leading and respond in obedience to His Word, and increasingly we recognize His true value and worth, and desire to more accurately reflect Him back to others. In other words, we have a relationship with Him!
So, do you know Jesus? Do you have a close, personal, ongoing, vibrant relationship with Him…or are you alone? Know that you weren’t meant to be! Come to Him, and let Him make you into the person He intends you to be!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Take me, make me into the person you want me to be. Amen.