Knowing of someone and knowing someone are different.
“I am the good shepherd, and I know My sheep and am known by My own.”John 10:14.
Olivia Grange, Jamaica’s minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport, in a statement reporting the passing on of Jamaican reggae music icon said:
“I announce with the deepest sadness the passing of the patriarch, brother, friend and Jamaican music icon, the great Bunny Wailer … We mourn the passing of this outstanding singer, songwriter and percussionist and celebrate his life and many accomplishments. We remain grateful for the role that Bunny Wailer played in the development and popularity of reggae music across the world.”Olivia Grange
I join our brothers, the Jamaicans and reggae fans in mourning and celebrating this great icon. However, I must admit that I don’t know him nor have I ever allowed him into my life since we’ve never met. I know of him though, because I used to be a fan of the wailers not many years ago.
I know of Donald Trump too, as well as of Joe Biden. I know of Eliud Kipchoge among a couple of celebrities. However, I don’t know any of these people, nor do they know me because we have never met. I only heard about them. Though I may have invited them into my life, they aren’t inviting me into theirs and they may never. It is a one-sided one-way relationship.
Celebrities are our heroes and heroines. We love them and occasionally invite them into our lives. We often identify with them even when they’re unknown to us. We sometimes get too much attached to them creating friendships that leave us disappointed when we don’t get what we thought we would.
On the other hand, I know my spouse, my children, my friends, my parents — the people in my life. They know me. They have invited and allowed me into their lives. I have invited them to mine also. They’re there for me; I’m there for them, to share our joys and pains. It is a two-sided two-way relationship.
Similarly, the relationship between believers and Jesus Christ is two-sided two-way. We know Him and He knows us. He has invited us into His life; we have invited him into ours. What a great relationship! A mutual relationship with the King of Kings, the Father and creator of all universe. Is this not a noble relationship, a relationship to yearn for?
God is inviting us into His life. He wants us to know Him. To know His love that passes all knowledge, to know His abundant grace towards us — to be filled with all His fulness. We’re going to achieve this by first seeking His kingdom and righteousness so that all other things will be added to us. (Matthew 6:33).
As much as there are so many public figures, celebrities and things attracting our attention; as much as we would like to know them, we can choose and commit ourselves to know our Saviour instead. First.
Jesus is calling on us today saying,
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.”Revelation 3:20-21.
The benefits of having a close relationship with the heavenly Father are innumerable. They far surpass all we can earn from our earthly relationships. Being invited to a dinner by the Lord Jesus is an extraordinary privilege.
Can you imagine what the King will serve on the table? Do you think He will serve you with morsels of crumbs while He overfeeds Himself on quality titbits? Nay. This isn’t His character. He’s hospitable, compassionate, kind, gracious, merciful…the son asks for fish and bread; the Father provides.
Friend, maybe you’re feeling like you’re alone and dejected. Because you’re not benefiting from the relationship you’re in right now. Maybe you have invited someone into your life hoping that they’ll support you but the result is a total disappointment. Because the relationship is one-sided one way.
Are you going to seek or dwell on one-sided one-way temporal relationships in which you’re not invited? Or you’re going to seek a two-sided two-way relationship with Jesus who is inviting you into His life?
Jesus deliberately offers His time, focus and attention to all without restrictions. He wants the best for us — a satisfying life. I hope you understand this and open the door and let Him into your life by faith. Only then you’re going to experience the manifestation of His supernatural power. Amen!
God bless you abundantly!