“But I have this [one charge to make] against you: that you have left (abandoned) the love that you had at first [you have deserted Me, your first love].” (Revelation 2: 4 – AMP)
“However, I have this against you: The love you had at first is gone.” (Revelation 2: 4 – GW)
The more I spend time with the Lord the more I realize how much I don’t know. In fact, I begin to see the need for my total dependence on Him. The verse, “…without Him I can do nothing” becomes a revelation (John 15:5). In the Greek, that word “nothing” means “nothing.” I don’t know how people, even good Christian people, make it through this thing called life without knowing God.
Many people know plenty about God. They can quote Scripture, say all the right things, and go through the designated motions of Christianity. Yet they STILL do not know Him. There is a huge difference between the two. Jesus makes a sobering statement in Matthew 7:23 when He says, “I never knew you, depart from me…” That’s rough considering He was talking to those who called Him, “Lord.” I want to know Him, not just know about Him.
Jesus has totally transformed my life as I have committed myself to spend time with Him alone. You know, they always say you become who you hang out with. That is a good thing when you are hanging out with the right people. I can’t think of a better one to hang out with than God Himself and His Son, Jesus. The Word says the Holy Spirit will “guide us into the full truth” and that He will “speak what He hears and tell us about things to come” (John 16:13). I want those things. I want the inside scoop concerning my life.
God always wants to share His goodness and His plans with us. Nevertheless, if we don’t give Him the time to do this, I am not sure we’ll be open to hear it all. God is an awesome God and it will take all of eternity to get to know Him. Yes, I already have Him in my heart, but I want to continue in the pursuit of knowing Him.
In Him, Pastor Kevin Kinchen