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20 May 2023 How well do you know Jesus?

A fascinating encounter took place between Jesus and Philip. When ‘Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father”…Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time?”’ (vv. 8-9 NIV). There’s a lesson here for all of us. We can go to church regularly, serve on committees and sing in the worship band, but still not really ‘know’ the Lord. If we want to truly get to know someone, we have to spend time with them, sharing and opening our hearts to them. Our relationship with God has to become a priority. Right now, you’re listening to a ‘devotional’ – it’s called that because its aim is to bring us to a place where we’re more devoted to Christ than anything else. That doesn’t mean we have to neglect other things. In fact, we’ll find it’ll actually enhance every other area of life. The Bible says, ‘He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel’ (Psalm 103:7 NKJV). Israel knew God’s acts because they were observers, whereas Moses knew His ways because he was close to Him. Israel saw what God did; Moses was close enough to understand His thinking and why He did what He did. Three times Jesus asked Peter, ‘Do you love Me?’ (John 21:15 NKJV). The first two times Peter answered, ‘Yes.’ The third time, frustrated by the question, he answered, ‘Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You’ (v. 17 NKJV). Keep in mind the words, ‘Lord, You know.’ We can pretend to others, and even ourselves, but God knows the quality of our love for Him. Today, His desire is to draw you closer to Himself. Are you available to Him?


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