When I was a teenager, the church I attended with my parents “called” a new pastor. The former pastor had been there for 35 years, which is not bad in and of itself. Longevity is good. However, as you can imagine, he was not much into young people. But our new pastor was since he had 3 (soon to be 4) children of his own. I came alive. He instituted Sunday night youth group. Made Sunday School (remember that?) interesting. And encouraged Scripture memorization. He did it by challenging the youth to a contest on a set Sunday morning. I memorized all the Scriptures. I memorized the books of the Bible so I could “win” the Sword drills (finding-a-Bible-passage-contest). I knew long blocks of Scripture. I knew a lot.
BUT. I. DIDN’T. KNOW. JESUS.
I should clarify. You can see I memorized a lot. But for the longest time, I knew more about Jesus than knowing Him. Many are in that same overflowing boat. Unlike the lifeboats of Titanic that had pitifully less people than they could accommodate, the boat carrying unknowing souls is full to overflowing. What I mean is this:
THERE. ARE. FAR. TOO. MANY. PEOPLE. WHO. KNOW. ABOUT. JESUS. BUT. DON’T. KNOW. HIM.
I am not naive enough to believe you have never heard this before. How many times have you heard a sermon or a lesson on Phil.3: 7-11 (with an emphasis on verse 10)? Hundreds maybe several hundreds? The sad fact is many, even though they hear, don’t absorb. They still look in the mirror and slap themselves on the back for their “religion” or their “fact knowledge.” Bob Goff put it well:
I used to think I could learn about Jesus by studying Him, but now I know Jesus doesn’t want stalkers.
BAM! That is the sound of the 2×4 slamming against my head. All bloggers have stalkers. All FB’ers have stalkers. All Tweeties have stalkers. But Jesus? Sadly, yes. AND HE CAN’T STAND IT!!
Jesus doesn’t just want Bible study. He wants Bible doing.
Jesus doesn’t just want Truth feeders. He wants Truth spreaders.
Jesus doesn’t want people who engage the Truth with their mind. He wants people who LIVE the truth.
So…how do you feel about Jesus? Do you know about Him or do you know Him? Have you found yourself doing any introspection lately about Jesus’ place in your life? I’d like to hear your thoughts.
This is a post in my ongoing series on Love Does by Bob Goff. Tomorrow will be the last.