“Knowing of someone” and “knowing someone”

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

God bless his soul! He was such a celebrity.

Celebrities are our heroes and heroines. We love them and occasionally invite them into our lives. Unfortunately, we make them our role models even when we don’t know their values. We emulate them even when they’re unknown to us. We sometimes get too much attached to them creating imaginary friendships that leave us disappointed when we don’t get from them the false promises we thought we would.

I know of Donald Trump, 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. 

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 of them, we can choose and commit ourselves to know our Saviour instead, and emulate Him. 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? Are you going to continue tethering yourself in false celebrity relationships where you’re not known so you won’t make any progress?

Are you going to choose the more abundant life Jesus brought? Are you going to rest from allowing vague relationships to weigh you down, and bury you alive? Are you going to unshackle yourself from airy expectations? Are you going to stop wasting your valuable time seeking things that are not seeking you?

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! Choose now to divorce from fake relationships with celebrities and befriend Jesus.

Beloved, before I leave, allow me to ask you “do you have a personal relationship with Jesus?” If you don’t, I want you to know that Jesus loves you and is inviting you to establish a relationship with you. What if you invite Him into your heart right now? Earnestly say this prayer after me:

Dear Lord Jesus, I understand that I’m a sinner. I open the door to my heart so may get in and be my Lord and personal saviour. I ask you to cleanse all my sins with your precious blood that was shed on Calvary. I renounce all other unfruitful relationships. Amen, and thank you, Jesus.

God bless you abundantly!

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