Knowing God has almost been made into something which only a few elites and exceptionally devoted Christians can accomplish. Often most regular church-going committed Christians have been led to believe that “Knowing God” is not for ordinary people who go to work every day to make a living and lead a busy life because knowing God calls for spending a huge amount of time daily just reading the bible and being in prayer. It also involves plenty of fasting and being alone with God trying to keep oneself from worldly distractions, technology, and social media while meditating on His word.
Yes, loving God and loving His Word is absolutely essential. Yes, fasting and praying often are essential too. Studying the word of God every day is quintessential. However, there is one small problem with the perception that knowing God is only for the elite and exceptionally devoted Christian in full-time ministerial work. Most church-going committed Christians simply cannot afford that lifestyle even if they deeply desired to.
Most commonly, the lifestyle of an ordinary believer is something like this. Wake up early every weekday morning, get the kids ready, drop them off to school, grab some breakfast along the way, go to work, return home after a hard day’s work and often quite late, rest a bit, have dinner, spend some time in relaxation, pray and read the bible for a while and then retire to bed. This routine may be slightly different for different people, but I am sure you can relate to the point I am trying to make. The whole routine then repeats itself all through the week. Yes, the believer does include a time of prayer every day. Perhaps some of them lead a prayerful life all through their day. However, in most countries, it is common for believers to spend maybe a couple of hours in traffic just getting to work and back home. Not to mention the physical exhaustion after each day’s routine. That leaves a Saturday to be able to spend long chunks of time alone with God. And that, in between the regular household chores. Sunday is church day, and it is fantastic. There goes the week. The next day is the start of a brand-new week, and it is back to the usual routine again.
But we are led to believe that Knowing God takes much more than that. An ordinary believer’s lifestyle, unfortunately, does not help if he/she wanted to “Know God”. Does that mean, it is impossible for an ordinary believer to know God in the same level of intimacy like that of a full-time minister? That would almost seem out of reach for most of us.
Beloved brothers and sisters, this is not true. All of us, as His children have this amazing privilege of knowing God equally intimately. What does the bible say about knowing God? Read through the following verses.
John 14:17 – the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
When you believed in Christ, the Holy Spirit instantly came to dwell in you and therefore the bible says, you know Him.
John 15:21 – But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.
Jesus said, “since they persecuted Me, naturally they will persecute you BECAUSE they DO NOT know Him”. Are you being persecuted or scorned for your faith in Christ? Are you afraid to share the gospel with your unbelieving friends because they may mock you or reject you?
Whilst this is a sign that your friends do not know Him, it is also a sign that you do know Him.
2 Timothy 1:12 – For this reason, I also suffer these things; nevertheless, I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.
Paul was imprisoned for his faith, but yet he proclaims, he knows whom he has believed. When you are in a tough situation because of your faith, will you also be able to say the same? “I know whom I have believed!” If yes, then you know God for sure.
Titus 1:16 – They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.
This is an example of someone who professes to know God but lives a worldly lifestyle contrary to that of someone who does know God. Such a person lacks holiness, godliness, and does not live in love.
1 John 2:3-5 – Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.
If you are one who loves God’s Word and lives by His word, then rest assured you know God. Your resistance to sin and genuine efforts to live a godly life (although not perfect yet) is evidence that you know Him.
1 John 5:20 – And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.
If you are a Christ-follower, a disciple of Jesus Christ, then you have been given the understanding to know Him.
If you are a true believer in Christ and are an ordinary child of God living a busy life with little time for bible study and prayer every day, then the above verses must make a lot of sense to you. And it has nothing to do with your profession or occupation. Knowing God has nothing to do with whether you are a full-time minister or worker at church or a businessperson or a busy employee. It has only got to do with how much you love God and how much you walk in obedience to His commands. It is about living a godly life and resisting sin.
There are many so-called full-time ministers and pastors who preached sermons and wrote books on knowing God, and yet did not have the power to overcome sin or the love of money in their own lives. They have fallen from the precious grace of God. Do I judge them? Absolutely not! Instead, I walk in reverence of God and love for Him with a sense of deep gratitude for my salvation, lest I fall in the same way.
Beloved, examine yourselves against the above bible verses. If you are able to identify yourself in the above verses or even know that you are progressively identifying with them, then rest assured that you do know God. On the contrary, if you felt convicted after reading the above verses, then my dear friend, I pray you will seek God and ask Him in prayer to reveal Himself to you. Repent and receive the Lordship of Jesus over your life and you WILL BE transformed into a new creation in Christ. There is absolutely nothing more powerful than His love and His grace.
“Knowing God” is surely not an unattainable goal reserved exclusively for the elites who have a full-time job of serving the Lord in a church environment.
Reflect on these questions
> What does “knowing God” mean to you?
> How can we know Him?
> If we know Him the way we should, how would that change the way I live?