Want to know God? comment (0)
January 3, 2013
By Pastor John M. Hambright
Enon Baptist Church, Morris
Do you want to know God? That is an interesting question. There are groups who would answer categorically, “No!” They are atheists, agnostic or just simply disinterested. Many never give the question any thought.
Then there is the group that says, “Yes, but not right now.” If you could explain, as I will shortly, how they can know God, they would agree, but now isn’t the time. I tend to find these people have some secret sin or hidden agenda for their life and think God would somehow interfere with their plans.
Here is one of the good things of life. This thing is God wants to know you. God is really interested in what is going on in your life and is concerned about your spiritual well-being. He is interested in where you are going to spend eternity. All this is motivated by His great love for you. God has tried to make Himself known to you through creation and through conscience. His most important revelation of Himself to you is through His Son, Jesus Christ. So if you want to know God, you do it through His Son. Here are some steps you can follow to know Him in a personal way.
First, you must recognize you are sinful and that God is holy. The wages of your sin is death or spiritual separation from God. There is a gulf between you and God so that you cannot get to Him. The amazing thing is what you cannot do, God did for you on Christmas morning. Because you could not get to Him, He came to you.
Second, you must recognize Jesus died on the cross to pay for your sins. In paying for your sins, He made a bridge, or a way, for you to cross that gulf and come to God. Through His death, Jesus reaches out to sinful humanity and a righteous God and makes a way of salvation.
Last, you must call upon Him in trust and faith. The Bible says in Romans 10:13, “Whosoever shall call upon the Lord shall be saved.” People in trouble call for help. Help for your sins is calling upon Jesus. You call upon Him through a simple sinner’s prayer. If you will do that, you will know God and most of all, He will know you.