Standing for the truth
I can only imagine how well we will know one another at our 50th wedding anniversary. That’s not to say that just because you spend a lot of time together automatically means you know that person. We’ve all met couples that have been married for eons that truly don’t “know” their mate. But the reward of daily pursuing your spouse is a deeper, more intimate relationship and a greater knowledge of the one you love.
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life – the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us – that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:1–3).
John also testified concerning the death and resurrection of the Christ. “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us” (1 John 3:16). John knew Jesus of Nazareth and he enjoyed ongoing fellowship with him even though by this time, Jesus was reigning in heaven. You ask, how – how could John still be in relationship with Jesus? The answer is through the Holy Spirit. “By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit” (1 John 4:13).
How amazing it is to think that we can have a relationship with the God of the universe! And just like a marriage relationship, God intends for the believer’s knowledge of him to grow, day by day. Perhaps it is necessary for you to pray and ask God to give you a hunger and thirst for Jesus. Your appetite may be weak, but God can and will pour into your life a hunger and thirst for righteousness like you have never enjoyed before. Why not come to the table where a feast awaits you?
Daniel Stegeman is pastor of Hope Church in Sulphur Springs, Ohio.