1 John 2:3 (NKJV)
3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.
Before I throw this quote out there, you need to know that I did absolutely no research on this person whatsoever, but her words ring true in regards to our relationship with Jesus. (I am sure it was not in the context of knowing Jesus by the way) Jodi Picoult is quoted as saying “identification is not the same as knowing someone through and through.” I was looking for quotes about truly knowing someone and that one really struck me. Think about it, we can think Jesus is God, we can even go as far as identifying His as our Savior, but do we really know him through and through? If we know Him through and through, there should be some evidence of that in our life.
There should be a deep appreciation that we have for Jesus. After all, His purpose was to be our atonement, paying a price for our sin that we had absolutely no way of paying. John 3:16 is one of the most known verses in the Bible, but do we truly appreciate what is being said? (16) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life… God so loved Al Goodrich, that He gave His only Son that Al Goodrich may not perish, but have everlasting life. Replace my name with yours and truly appreciate what it is saying. Jesus died for you, He died for me, He died for whoever believes. Still amazes me after all these years.
If we truly know Jesus, there should be certain works or fruit that are apparent in our lives. James 2:26 reminds us… (26) For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also… If we have faith, if we know Jesus and appreciate what He has done for us, works should undoubtedly follow. Feeding the homeless, bringing people to church, leading people to belief, are a few of the things that we should be doing. At the heart of our works though should be love. The greatest “work” of all is love because it can drive all the other work. John 13:34 makes this commandment very clear… (34) A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another… If we love people as Jesus loved us, works will certainly follow.
Philippians 4:6–7 offers us the following… (6) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; (7) and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus… We have been given a wonderful promise, do we live in that assurance though? Do we spend our lives in that blessed assurance? Our assurance in the Lord should be evident to those around us.
Do you live life as though you know Jesus through and through? Do you keep His commandments? Are you appreciative of the debt paid? Do we live a life of assurance in His promises? If that is not where you are today, reach out to Him in prayer. Your Father already knows your heart, let Him hear it as well.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.