How well do you know Christ personally? What happens in our life as we come to know our Savior personally?
St. Paul tells us the amazing things that happen as we come to know Jesus:
But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!
Ephesians 1:17-19 (MSG)
What does St. Paul mean when he says we are to be intelligent and discerning in knowing Christ personally? Does that mean an occasional prayer when we need something? Is it going to church on Sunday and putting him out of our mind the rest of the week? How do we get to KNOW Christ personally?
When I first met my husband, there was something I liked about him immediately. I wanted to get to know him more. So we started dating occasionally and I learned more about him, what his thoughts, beliefs and dreams were. I saw him more often and thought about him all throughout the day. I couldn’t wait to see him again. When he asked me to marry him, I could see as plain as day what our life together would be like because I knew him personally. I knew what was in his heart and that he loved me more than anything else. That was 44 years ago. Could I have known him enough to see what our life together could be like if I only saw him 1x per week for an hour? Or maybe see him only a couple times a year at Christmas and Easter?
Christ wants us to know and love him as deeply and as personally as he knows and loves us. When we have that deep connection, when we make that commitment to love him, we are able to clearly see what Christ is calling us to do. What he wants us to do and be in our life. …the tools, the knowledge, the excitement, the drive, and the plan he has placed in us from the beginning.
Knowing Christ on a deep, personal level opens our eyes to see clearly what a glorious immense life he has planned for us. A life that is overflowing with love and blessings. He wants us to be living our lives passionately and with purpose. If we do, our days will be filled with endless energy and boundless strength to serve Him by loving and serving each other.
How do we get to know Christ personally?
1. Through his Word.
And where do we hear his word? Sunday morning!
The message of his word is spoken in its truth and purity every Sunday morning in church. God is reaching out and speaking to his children through every sermon. Take notes and try to find the message God wants you to receive every Sunday. If you are not hearing God’s word on Sunday morning, you need to find a church where you can hear the word. How do you know it is the truth? You look to the expert- God’s word to compare what is preached to what is the truth as told in the bible. It is your responsibility to stay on course and not be led astray by man’s ideas rather than God’s.
2. Bible Study
If you really want to get to know Christ personally, you need to learn about his family and how he grew up. That’s what bible study is all about. Learning what Jesus is like, what he stands for, what he promises, what he did with his life, and how you are connected with him.
Instead of heading off to brunch after church, spend that time in bible study with your fellow believers at your church. Being in fellowship means learning with each other and supporting each other through trials of this life. You can still have pancakes, just hold off until after bible study.
3. Through Prayer and Meditation
If church and bible study is where we learn about Jesus, then prayer is where Jesus learns about you! This is where you talk to him about YOU. He wants to hear about your challenges, needs, your dreams and desires. In prayer you acknowledge the blessings in your life and thank him. It is in prayer where you share what’s on your heart.
Meditation is where you open your mind and heart to hear God speaking to you, directing your life, and showing you the path to take. In this silence and quieting of your chattering thoughts the Holy Spirit stirs your imagination and shows you the possibilities for your life.
What a wonderful life to be living when Christ is your center and you know him personally! Imagine waking up every morning with a passion for life, ready to go about your purpose for living. Blessings being showered upon us daily so we can go about the work of showering blessings upon others. What a glorious way of life for the believers! All of us living, loving and celebrating in God!