There are two ways people know the Lord. Some know Him after the flesh, and some know Him after the Spirit. Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he UNDERSTANDS and KNOWS ME…” Jer. 9:23-24 (NKJV)
YWAM’s motto has a clear and concise mission statement: TO KNOW HIM AND MAKE HIM KNOWN.
That about says it all as far as I am concerned. It is the true high calling of the Body of Christ around the world. But do we truly know Him? This question is of utmost importance, because we cannot make Him known unless we have known Him first. We must return to the centrality of Jesus the Person. I say the Person because we can confuse the historical Jesus, knowing facts about Jesus, with truly knowing Him.
Jesus said in John 17:3, “And this is eternal life, that they may KNOW YOU, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (NKJV) Eternal life is not based on a prayer, it’s based on knowing Him. It can begin with a prayer, but it is walked out as we come to know Him in an ever-growing, ever-deeper fellowship. To truly know Him must be our highest goal and desire.
There are two ways people know Him. Some know Him after the flesh, and some know Him after the Spirit. Paul says it this way:
“Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.” 2 Cor. 5:16 (NKJV)
“But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased TO REVEAL HIS SON IN ME so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man.” Gal. 1:15-16 (NIV) – Emphasis Mine
You can have an outward knowledge of Him by reading the Scriptures or hearing other speak of Him. And, you can know Him with an inward knowledge when He grants you a revelation of Himself. The two are worlds apart and produce vastly different results. Job saw the difference after His encounter with the Living God.
“My ears had heard OF YOU but now my eyes have SEEN YOU.” Job 42:5 (NIV) – Emphasis Mine
We can read the Bible and “pray” and never come to know Him. We must have fellowship with the Living Word within the written Word. Our praying must become conversation with Him if we are to know Him. Spending time daily with HIM must be a priority, the way we make it a priority to spend time with our spouse, children or friends to have a healthy relationships. Because that’s what it’s suppose to be all about, right? A relationship with God.
Is this the #1 pursuit of YOUR life? A relationship with God? I pray it is. After all, isn’t He what it’s supposed to be about? Let Him take every area of your walk, and align it with your talk, and align it with His Word.
Now on to what it means to MAKE HIM KNOWN.
Making Him known is not in quoting scriptures, following a format to witness to unbelievers or getting someone to pray a prayer. Now I’m not saying that this isn’t effective in reaching people and introducing the Gospel to them. In some cases it is, and people do come to the Lord. What I am saying, is that there is a spiritually organic essence being manifested through us. The Lord is made known when we have allowed Him to imprint Himself, the Living Word upon our hearts. In so doing, we become Living Epistles.
“You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” 2 Cor. 3:2-3 (NIV)
What is being “know and read by everybody?” Our very lives. This is one of the problems in Christianity, we are trying to communicate something we are not walking. When you do this, your words will not have the power to make a lasting effect. The most powerful witness is the hand print of God on your life. When you have allowed the Holy Spirit to do this in your heart, your words will carry the weight of heaven behind it. Now that’s effective!
What I am saying and what this scripture is saying, is the Lord wants to take us from having a revelation, to BEING the revelation; from having the word to BEING the word. You, your life may be the only Bible, the only Word from God some people may ever see. A famous preacher once said, “Preach the Words always, speak if you must.”
A Living Epistle makes Him known by a life that is living the Word. Can we proclaim as true that which hasn’t been true in our lives? God says what He means and means what He says. We must let it become true in us that it may be truth flowing through us. “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” And remember, truth is a Person, not a concept. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” Paul wouldn’t even speak about anything that he wasn’t walking.
Here are some questions for you to examine yourself and prayerfully ponder. Take some time, be honest with yourself, and allow the Holy Spirit to show you any areas that need change or strengthening.
Have I known Him after the flesh, or after the Spirit.?
Has my fellowship with Him continued to grow closer and deeper?
What are people reading when they “read” my life?
Tomorrow, Part 2