God doesn’t talk out loud to me, probably because I’m so deaf. But when He has something to tell me, I know what it is. After retiring from a pastorate, I asked, “What’s next, Lord?” His answer was abrupt: “It’s time for you to get to know Jesus.” I’d spent 22 years teaching others about Jesus, but now, God told me to get to know Him. Humbling, that. But recently, Randy Alcorn observed that Paul, after serving Christ for 30 years wrote in Philippians 3, he wanted to get “to know Him…” (Bible Study Magazine – September/October 2016).
There’s a big difference between knowing about Jesus and knowing Him. A demon knew all about Jesus called Him, “Jesus, the Son of the Most High God.” But he didn’t know Him (Mark 5:7). Jesus said not everyone who calls Him “Lord” will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Why not? Jesus said, “… I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you.”
So, when God “took me to school” I was grateful. I’ve learned there is always more to knowing Jesus. As Paul came to that realization, he wrote:
Indeed, I count everything [all his former training and credentials] as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord… (Philippians 3:8)
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. (Philippians 3:12)
For more about how, see the previous two posts, below…