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February 27, 2014
By Pastor Gary Burton
Pintlala Baptist Church
For anyone who wishes to know God, there is good news and there is challenging news. The good news is that God desires to be known and has taken the initiative in revealing Himself in Jesus Christ. The more challenging news is that God has no desire to be a casual acquaintance or a mere Facebook “Like.” The God, who knows us better than we know ourselves, has demonstrated His great love for us with the death of His Son, Jesus, on the cross. By His life, with His death and through His resurrection, Jesus Christ has made possible authentic friendship with God.
Trust is the operative word for anyone who longs to know God. While one’s trust is never perfect and often reflects a mixture of doubt, it is the single attitude that pleases God the most. When Jesus becomes the object of our trust, believing that He will forgive sins and will give us both peace and purpose, friendship with God begins to catch fire. Life is changed. Core values are transformed. The trajectory of life is Godward. Eternity is secured. Grace abounds. We are born anew.
Knowing God begins with trust. Getting to know God as a way of life continues with commitment to follow Christ. A new birth requires a new family, a new community and citizenship in a new kingdom. Everything becomes new as the old views and values are discarded. While trusting Jesus is very personal, it is never private. Such transformation must give way to public expression. One’s personal relationship with Christ must be strengthened and nurtured in relationship with others. The local church is essential in the equation of Christian growth. It is the laboratory where love is learned and Christlikeness is formed.
Consequently knowing God by trusting Jesus is merely an introduction for many. Don’t settle for just the introduction. Follow Christ by embracing the disciplines of baptism and church involvement, the study of Holy Scripture, praying and by being an agent of change in the world.
Trust Him and follow Him. Enjoy the friendship He offers.