Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Those who know your name

Recently I've been pondering what the purpose and goal of life should be for those who claim to love Jesus.

Light topic, eh?

Is the main purpose or goal of life to:
Love God
Obey God
Bring glory to God
Tell others about God
Love and serve others

I've been thinking through these things and then I heard a message from Pastor Vance Pitman from Hope Baptist (can you tell I've been listening to a lot of sermons online lately?!) share what he thought the main goal of life is.

And I liked what he had to say.

He says,"The overall goal of the Christian life is to know God. Not just know about Him."

I was in a Homemakers group for a number of years when I was first married in which we defined our purpose, priorities and principles. Each year we had to pick a theme. After hearing these two quotes, I chose my 2008 theme:

"I know my God. I don't understand everything about Him. But I know my God is good. I know my God is love. I know my God has my best interest in mind." - Beth Moore

“We only trust people we know,” says Martha Tennison. “If you’re really struggling to trust God, it may be because you don’t really know God.”

At that time in my life I WAS struggling to trust God. I was in the midst of my waiting season, trying to grasp what God was teaching me as I waited on Him for babies.

So I decided if I was going to learn to better trust, I should learn to know Him first.

While that might seem like an incredibly large theme to take on, it was as much the idea of striving to know God, as it was to actually know Him. Because in reality, that takes a lifetime!

The following Scripture affirmed my desire to know God at a deeper level:

Psalm 9:10
Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

Philippians 3:8
What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing
Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.

Philippians 3:10
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection.

John 10:14
I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.

I compiled more quotes as the year went on:

Some people pray just to pray and some people pray to know God.” - Andrew Murray

“The more you get to know the Lord, the easier it will be to obey Him. That is what our quiet times should be about…getting to know Him.”

“God wants you to simply know him in the present and trust him with the unspoken ending”. – Ginger Garrett “

Our ordinary views of prayer are not found in the New Testament. We look upon prayer as a means for getting something for ourselves; the Bible’s idea of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself.” - Oswald Chambers

“Being still before God is the Greatest Privilege that a Christian can have, besides being Born Again. When we are with God, we start to become more and more like him. This is something that most Christians lack - being still before the Throne of God. We dedicate most of our time getting our heads full of knowledge and have no quality time with our Father. An unsaved person can learn doctrine but that doesn't make him a good Christian. The same with us - we can learn doctrine until we are blue in the face and it can actually hinder us from knowing Jesus." - Tony Ciaramello

“Although education, culture, attractive appearance and understanding of the world are desirable, nothing can take the place of the power of knowing God. People will go a long way to hear a person who they realize knows God and speaks His message to them in the power of the Holy Spirit.” - BSF

I did not know when I started my journey of really seeking to know God at a deeper, more intimate level, that my son was already growing in the womb of another woman. My hopes and dreams were being knit together by my Creator as I sat still before the throne.

I learned much that year. I worked through feelings of bitterness, anger and unforgiveness and looking back on that now, I see that was part of my journey in learning to Know God better. I prayed like crazy. I surrendered to God my desire to try and understand what He was doing. And in a way that only God can do, He took everything I know about Him and did something greater than I could even ask or imagine.

So HOW do I sit here today, questioning the God that I know?

Going back to Beth Moore's quote: I don't understand everything about God. But I know my God is good. I know my God is love. I know my God has my best interest in mind. Knowing God and trusting God. I can't do one without the other.

Those who know your name will trust in you...


Chelsie said...

The Catechism of the Catholic church says that the purpose of life is "to know, love, and serve God in this life and to be happy with Him forever in the next."

I love that answer! So perfect.

Leila said...

Chelsie, that is so funny, because I was going to post the exact same quote! I ask my kids the purpose of life and they say, "To know, love and serve God in this life, and to be happy with Him forever in the next."

Sums it up, and I have to remind myself of that from time to time....