My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me. Hosea 4:6 (NLT)
I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. Philippians 3:10a (NLT)
I have often said that the church today is getting itself into trouble when we are more concerned with knowing about Christ than with actually knowing Him. I think I first came to that conclusion while studying Philippians and Paul’s comment quoted above (Philippians 3:10). Apparently, this concern went back a ways before Paul. Hosea warned the people about it as well.
When I was in High School (back in the days of old), I knew a set of twins. Their names were Mike and Chris, and they went to a rival High School. I only knew them because I had played against them in basketball. They were as identical as any two twins I have ever seen. It was uncanny…a little creepy even. If you didn’t know them, it was impossible to tell them apart. I knew people who knew them, and I would ask them how they tell them apart. They would try to give me hints about their hair or their mouth or a certain behavior, but none of those hints really helped. The truth was, those friends couldn’t really tell me how they tell them apart. More times than not, when asked how, those friends would just say, “I don’t know…I just can, because I know them.”
That, it seems to me, is the difference between knowing God and knowing about God. I have, upon occasion, listened to teachers teaching about God or Jesus or the Bible and heard lots of great information from them but could not help but ask myself whether they really know God. There just was no familiarity in their …