Over the years, I’ve encountered the motto “To know Christ and make Him known.” In this current season, I have taken the opportunity for a deeper reflection on these words. This has given me a new appreciation for their value.
What I discovered is that as I spent time with the Lord, studying the Word, reading what others had written – blogs, articles, sermons – and reading a variety of different books, it awakened within my heart is an insatiable hunger for a never- ending adventure of pursing God. For me it was an abrupt wake-up call.
This fresh encounter with Christ allowed me to set everything aside that I thought I knew about Christ and let him show me who He really was. I went before God in humility and with an open mind to wait, to listen, to hear and to write down what I was experiencing.
The greatest mistake we can make is to think we know who He is before we have spent time with him.
I was not prepared for what followed. Rather than being put off I found myself falling in love over and over again. There was a new call on my life that required me to take a definitive step. The first step which follows the call cuts the disciples off from his previous existence. The call to follow at once provides a new situation – I was humbled before the Lord and regained a new sense of spiritual balance.
My intention of this blog is to offer some views of God I have learnt that I hope will spur the readers heart into deeper and deeper inquiry.
It is essential that I enjoy my personal relationship with Christ. As my relationship deepens, He demonstrates His power in my life. To enjoy this relationship, I had to allow myself to be broken, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me,” Paul said to his readers in Galatia (Galatians 2:20). Daily I deliberately crucify my selfish nature and cultivate His loving nature.
I can only move forward with His presence in my life. The true mark of tangible presence of God in my life is when I sense God’s presence permeating every area in my life positively – spiritually, physically, mentally, financially, emotionally, socially and ministry-wise. God’s presence is something that is obvious, evident, and plain. Experiencing the tangible presence of God means that I seek to sense, notice, and perceive God around me. I have stopped confining God to some activities, such as going to church, reading the Bible, and praying, and begin to sense God’s presence in anything or anywhere.
My own sanctification is maintained through walking with Jesus in a way which is worthy of the holiness of God. How often we forget our walk with Christ and start walking in our own counsel. The work of Christ must be done in the counsel of the Lord. One sure sign of my walk with Jesus is the “peace” in my heart. He gives me His peace. His peace is not the absence of trials and tribulations. His peace is His presence in my life. I continue to walk with Him with His peace filling my heart and mind.
The kingdom of God has become my top priority. The Bible says ‘seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you’ Matthew 6:33 NKJV. Another translation says: ‘… and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern’ Matthew 6:32-33 NLT – Tyndale. “Seek” carries the idea of concentrating on, to focus on, making the kingdom one’s highest priority. “Seek” also indicates a constant seeking. The idea is to “make the kingdom the centre of our life.” I passionately seek the kingdom of God (now) and allow kingdom life to flow through me always and live in an atmosphere where God is ever present. And with it we are to seek “His righteousness,” that holiness of heart and purity of life which God requires. God’s righteousness characterises His kingdom. This is the kind of kingdom I want to pursue. As my lives revolve around His Kingdom I understood that the “all these things” are found in His kingdom. He’s creating and breathing presence and glory in my life. A tangible presence I can consume.
God’s holiness became visible in my life and influences other people. Peter asks us to seek holiness for our personal lives: “As he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy’” (1Peter 1:15–16). Holiness means “separation.” God wants me to become available to Him and to Him alone. As I become separated unto Christ, I begin to acquire holiness.
It only takes a moment to become a Christian. It takes a lifetime to be the Christian one becomes. It is vital for me to study God’s Word, to learn from it, and to grow in it. I could not effectively develop my strong Christian perspectives without the daily disciplines of prayer and study and meditation on the Word of God. I begin everyday with God and this absolute delight, along with fellowship with other believers in the Lord, are essential for my growth as a believer. Early Christians apparently discovered this because we read: “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers…And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved” (Acts 2:42,47).
I can never overemphasize the need for a life of prayer. Prayer keeps me in contact with Christ, enables me to remain dependent on Him, permits me to grow, and allows me to develop my capacity to love and cherish others in Christ. The first disciples were people of prayer and the first churches were assemblies of prayer. The person who purposes to pray and spends time on his knees praying accomplishes more than the person who neglects to pray and rushes here and there working.
One of my favourite Scriptures is the foundation for me knowing Christ.
‘’[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]’ – Philippians 3:10 AMPC.
As I had experienced throughout my life whenever I receive a powerful word from the New Testament, the Lord confirms it in my spirit with an equally powerful Scripture from the Old Testament (and vice-a-versa). True to this pattern
‘But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the LORD who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the LORD, have spoken! – Jeremiah 9:24 NLT
The more I have come to know Him the more I have been surprised at the things that really bother Him and the things He easily dismisses.
Knowing christ is the most practical pursuit of my Christian life, because it has produced the most profound change in my life. And when we are different at the core of our being we act and respond differently in every arena of life.