I am an avid reader. I mean, I read books like some people eat chocolate. Okay, I read books and eat chocolate with probably the same amount of voracity!
As a reader, I have some favorites. One of my favorite authors is Becky Wade. Now, if you are a reader, you will understand that authors are celebrities to us. You can keep your Tom Cruise and whoever else is popular, I’ll keep my authors.
As I read Becky’s books, I felt like I truly knew her. But, in reality, I only knew about her. I knew different facts about her life, but I didn’t really know her.
Then, one day, I got to meet her. We actually had lunch together. Over that time, I got to know her. I got to hear her voice, see the emotions on her face, understand the things she was passionate about by the way she talked.
Even now, I can tell her about my life and she cares. If I sent her an email before I knew her and told her I was pregnant…she might think I was a little cuckoo and maybe stalkerish. Last fall, when we found out we were pregnant, I told her and she was excited for me because she knows me.
Likewise, when I was a little girl, I was taught about Jesus. I knew the stories, I could even recite many of them to you. I knew that He saw me when I was sleeping and when I was awake (or was that Santa?).
However, it wasn’t until I was in high school that I truly came to know Jesus.
The difference between the two, is the difference between heaven and hell. Here are a few differences, I challenge you to examine yourself to see which one is more like you.
Do you know Jesus or do you know about Jesus:
1. If you know about Jesus, then you are all about religion. You may do a lot of good works and follow what the Bible says. You may know Scripture by heart, go to church, even minister to others. However, your heart isn’t affected by it. Knowing Jesus means that you have a personal relationship with Him. You long to know Him more, as you would a new friend. You long to spend time with Him. You want what He wants, you desire what He desires.
2. If you only know about Jesus, you may have a lot of knowledge. You can argue with the best of them. You can quote Scripture and tell others which way is right and how they should walk in it. However, if you truly KNOW Jesus, then you have a lot of experience. When you talk about the knowledge you have about Christ, it is something you can relate to from experience. You don’t just talk about the peace that passes all understanding…you exude it. You don’t just talk about loving others…you constantly do it.
3. If you know about Jesus, then you are probably intrigued by His life. You might find Him fascinating. Oh sure, there are some things in Scripture that you might not totally agree with, but that’s all part of this religion anyway, right? Knowing Jesus means that when you learn about Him, He changes you. You are no longer selfish, focused solely on your own desires, but you now have a desire for what He wants. Knowing Jesus means that you don’t have to live as if you have something to prove, but you life as someone who has been set free.
Get ready, this last one is a zinger!
4. If you only know about Jesus, then you don’t really care about sin. Sure, you feel guilty when you sin, but it isn’t because you care about Jesus. Maybe you feel guilty because you grew up knowing that what you did was wrong. Maybe you are concerned about what your parents or spouse will thing. Or maybe you are just concerned about how it will affect your reputation. If you truly know Christ, then you care deeply about sin, because He cares deeply about sin. He cares so much about the issue of sin in your life that He died to free you from it. When you sin and you truly know Christ, then you will feel bad – not because of what others might think – but because you have hurt your Savior. You will feel remorse and have a desire to change because you know that you have grieved the One you love.
Question for thought: Going over these, which one is more like you, the person who knows ABOUT Jesus or the person who truly knows Jesus?