Hello dearest one,
We continue our journey towards living the balanced life still focusing on the passage:
2 Peter 1:5-8
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you posses these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus.
The ultimate goal of Christ’s death and resurrection is that his image be formed in us after we have been reconciled to the father. He wants us to be like him and conquer the world. He wants to present a replica of himself to the father.
This is why you weren’t hijacked to heaven immediately after you got saved. There is a knowledge of God we must seek after on this side of eternity.
Like Paul we can’t stop seeking to know Christ.
There is so much Christ has done for us that we will not experience if we don’t know them; we will only continue to live ignorant, defeated lives.
There are prayer points you will stop praying if only you know what God’s word says about the matter. Knowledge liberates you and gives you access to partake in the divine nature.
“Whether he gives us one million men to preach to or just two kids to infuse with his word will make no difference because we are doing it for him; not to get popular or sound deep, but just to please him.”
There is this sentence I coined back then in school that has stayed with me: “Knowing God by God, for God.” I desire to know God by God and for God. It’s a short phrase that means a lot to me.
It means that I am seeking to know God- “By God” not just what people say about him or what I read in books alone, but letting him teach me himself, learning at his feet directly from him and not relying on mere hearsay.
To know God- “For God” I realized that in this race we are easily tempted to use God for our purposes hence our quest for him is not necessarily for him but for ourselves. We want to know his word so we can expound scriptures and intimidate others; we want to be applauded because of what we know.
How about we just seek to know God for God- for his own purpose and glory?
Whether he gives us one million men to preach to or just two kids to infuse with his word will make no difference because we are doing it for him; not to get popular or sound deep, but just to please him.
That’s what I call knowing God by God and for God.
It is a lifetime walk that continues after conversion and there is no better way to know him than through his word. All that Christ has accomplished is documented in His word and the Holy Spirit brings them to life as we study.
In my quest to know him, God impressed on my heart to read through the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) to see how Jesus talked, walked, lived, thought and behaved. I saw how he responded to situations and reacted in certain circumstances. That way, I began to learn of him and follow his example.
I highly recommend same; there is just so much fad flying around these days in the guise of knowledge that we need to glean directly from the source so we don’t get carried away by every wind of doctrine.
God also uses different life experiences to reveal Jesus to us. The things that happen to you have a measure of lesson to teach you if you apply your heart to understanding.
Finally, I suggest we read books and listen to messages that point to Christ. You can never have a monotony of knowledge; because God has revealed portions of his nature to believers all over the world, we can learn from each other what he has taught us. But don’t forget to filter everything through the mesh of the written word of God.
The more we know, the more we find out we need to know more, hence we keep adding to our faith.
God is past finding out and your lifetime will never be enough, why don’t you get started right away?
Sit down, let’s get to work.
Have a knowledge filled weekend!