By Timothy Jerry
In my previous post, we said that the first key to discovering our purpose is to realize that we were created for God and His glory. We were designed and created to worship our creator.
The second key to discovering our purpose is learning to fellowship with God through prayer and His word.
The only way that we can really get to know someone, is by spending time with them.
We all have people who are associates, perhaps at work or through clubs or organizations. We have a certain level of knowledge of these people, but for the most part, it is pretty superficial.
Then we have other people like family members or close friends, that we have a deeper level of relationship because we spend more time with them on a more personal level.
Yet the most intimate level of relationship in a person’s life would be with their spouse. A person’s spouse knows things about them that no one else does because they share a level of relationship that no one else does or even should.
This is actually how the Christians life is described in several places in the New Testament.
Ephesians 5:25-33 (NIV) Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
Is it possible to know about God without actually knowing Him?
Most people believe in the existence of God, yet they know very little about Him.
Then there are people who may have been raised in a Christian family or even still attend church. They have heard the word of God, associated with people who are Christian, and perhaps even volunteered in charitable activities. Yet they do not really know God at heart.
Jesus confronted this very issue with some of the religious leaders of His day.
John 5:39-40 (NLT) “You search the Scriptures because you believe they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! Yet you refuse to come to me so that I can give you this eternal life.
These men were Bible teachers, they attended synagogue and were looked upon with respect by their peers and followers as representatives of God. They had known about God, yet Jesus declared that they did not know God because they refused to submit to Christ.
I am sad to say, that there are many religious, even professing Christians, who really do not know God. They have never actually humbled themselves before God and been born of his Spirit.
When a husband and wife are married and consummate their marriage, they have entered into a binding covenant relationship before Almighty God. They leave their old identity and take on the identity of husband and wife.
Traditionally the wife takes the husbands name, as a testimony that her identity is now found with her husband. This is actually a type of the Christian’s union with Christ that we just read about in Ephesians 5.
We submit ourselves to God through Jesus Christ, we turn from our old sinful life and enter into a covenant relationship with Jesus Christ. This brings us into an intimate relationship with God that causes our hearts and attitudes to be changed.
From that moment forward we place ourselves under His authority and begin to learn God’s ways and walk with God. This is a lifelong journey of growing in our knowledge of God through His word and prayer. This is aided by becoming part of a strong Bible-based church and building relationships with other believers.
As we follow after God and keep ourselves from the ungodly practices of the world around us, we grow in our relationship with Christ, growing in the intimate knowledge of God.
John 15:1-5 (NKJV) “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing