“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him. . . . And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth. . . . You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.’” John 14:6-7, 16-17 ESV
It took a long time for me to be convicted of the fact that knowing about God is not quite the same as knowing God Himself. It isn’t that I think it’s not important to know about God, but that isn’t the end goal of our faith. Knowing about God is only the beginning of the journey.
When I began to doubt the validity and reality of Christianity last summer and then delved enthusiastically into Scripture and apologetics as an act of wild desperation, it didn’t yet occur to me that even if I came to believe in the end that there is a God “out there somewhere,” it was a meaningless conviction to have if there was no way for me to connect with that God.
One of the most beautiful things about the Christian faith is that we aren’t called to merely believe that there is a God. We are called to pursue and have an actual relationship with Him. And it becomes even more incredible to think that we aren’t left to struggle and strive for this relationship on our own. He has given us all that we need--grace upon grace--to attain it.
I’m not sure that we can ever grasp the magnitude of what it means to be reconciled to the Creator of the universe through Jesus Christ. God incarnate. God with us. How utterly insane is it that God is with us? But this passage in John 14, spoken by the Son as He was on this earth, declares that it is true. I intend to live and think and speak as if I believe it, trusting that when it becomes hard to believe, I have the Helper to change and motivate me. And I invite you to join me in this.
Father, thank You that I can know You. Thank You that I have personal access to the One who made the heavens and the earth. My depraved and finite mind cannot fully comprehend how this is possible, but I pray You will help me to believe it and live in light of it. Humble me when I begin to think that I can make my way to You out of my own effort.
Would you say that you know more about God than you actually know God Himself? Do you approach God primarily through your own attempts at merit or fulfilling Christian duties than you do through His grace and atonement through Christ? Take some time to reflect on your heart today, and repent where repentance is needed.