We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. 1 John 2:3-6 (NIV)
Know Me? Love Me?
Do you know me? Do you love me? These sound like two very difficult and unanswerable questions. How could you possibly think that you know me? How would it ever be possible for you to say that you love me? You’re right I can’t answer those questions. I can help you answer them. I can make it possible for you to say that you know me. I can show you with convincing proof that you do love me. You have my full attention. I’m listening to your every word. You know me because I have been revealing myself to you. You have made it your continual habit to meet with me in my word. I have been speaking to you. I have been molding and shaping you with my word. I have been changing your heart and transforming your mind with my word. Tell me what my word says about you finding me? Your word says that when I seek you with all my heart I will find you. Yes, it does. Have you been seeking me with all your heart? Yes, I have been seeking you with all my heart. Have you been finding me in my word? Have I been revealing myself to you? Have I been allowing you to think my thoughts? Have I helped you to know my will and walk in my ways? Yes, you have revealed yourself to me. Yes, you have been allowing me to think your thoughts, know your will and walk in your ways. Are you coming to know me? Yes, I am coming to know you better every day. Will you ever know me in full while you are in this life? No, I will only know you in full when I see you face to face. That’s right. But, you do know me. How do I know that? You know and are obeying my commands. You are listening to me. You are following me to where I am leading you. You are doing what I ask of you. It is your desire to do my will. Yes, it is. Only those who obey my commands and desire to do my will really know me.
Let’s talk about your desire to obey me. Why is it your desire to do my will? As I have come to know you I have also come to love you. I love you because you first loved me. You gave yourself to me. Now, I want to give myself fully to you. There is nothing that you haven’t done for me. You poured yourself out completely. You gave yourself fully. You did not leave anything in reserve. You gave your life so that I could have a new life in you. Yes, I did. Now, I want nothing else other than to live my life with and for you. It is my joy to follow and obey you. I want to give my life to you as fully as you gave your life for me. Why is that? I love you. Yes, you do. I want to live my life just like you lived yours. I want to love like you loved. I want to serve like you served. I want to give like you gave. Only those who love me want what you want. Your desire to follow and obey me is motivated by your love for me. Yes, it is.
Lord, it is my desire to know and love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I want to live and walk just as you did while you lived in this world. Help me to follow, obey and serve you. I will go where you guide me to do all that you ask of me. Amen
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