Many have said knowledge is power. This isn’t exactly true. I like how Darren Hardy put it: “Knowledge isn’t power. What you do with it becomes powerful, but only if you do it consistently.” It’s not enough to know about Jesus. It’s not enough to know the Bible inside and out. If you never do anything with all your knowledge of God, it will never count for anything. You’ll still go to Hell, probably spouting Bible verses all along the way.
In addition, if we are not consistently implementing what Christ has taught us, our lives will fall far short of what He designed and created us to do. He doesn’t want us to simply know about Him, or even to just believe in Him; He wants us to know Him. Do you know Jesus?
When He was on earth, Jesus said many would proclaim to know Him and even do a lot of work in His name; but He never knew them (Matthew 7:21-23). Knowing Jesus isn’t about an intellectual knowledge of a historical figure. It goes beyond believing the words He said. Even demons know who Jesus is and truly believe Him to be the Son of God (James 2:19). Think about that. Most of us have more in common with demons than we do with Jesus. If that doesn’t scare you, I’m not sure I can help you. But there’s a better way. We can know Jesus, really know Him.
To know Jesus is to love Him. It is to love Him so deeply every other emotion looks like hate in comparison (Luke 14:26). When you understand Who He is and what He did on your behalf, you have no other choice but to fall on your knees in adoration and worship. To know Jesus is to serve Him. To know Him is to obey Him. Knowing Jesus is not a casual relationship. It’s not something you do one day and forget about the next. Jesus is all-consuming. He leaves no room for anything else in our lives. With this in mind, I’ll ask again, “Do you know Jesus?”
At this point, some of you may be freaking out. You truly love Jesus, but you know you haven’t let him fully possess your every thought and action. Welcome to the club. We find ourselves in the midst of a war between God and Satan. It’s okay, the end has already been written. God wins. In the interim, we live amid a vicious tug of war. Despite our best intentions, we will fall short of the mark. But we must never be satisfied with that result. We must never stop pursuing Christ. Doing so is proof we truly know Him. We’ve tasted of His goodness and we want more. Beyond that, we are willing to do whatever it takes to get more of Him.
Do you know Jesus? No question is more important. We all answer it, whether we choose to or not. When the end comes, this is the only question that will ever matter. What you have done on behalf of Christ are the only actions that will ever count. Everything else we do or believe is meaningless. This is the one question you cannot afford to get wrong. It’s up to you. This is your choice and your decision. You will say yes to Christ or yes to an eternity banished from His presence. You’re running out of time. Do you know Jesus?