“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek Him the greatest adventure; to find Him, the greatest human achievement.”
― Augustine of Hippo
There are many who believe in the existence of God but have no idea how, or where, to meet Him. They have no idea who He is or what He is like.
If they knew, they would not hesitate to call out like the jailer in Acts; “What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16 v 30).
This is where we step in. We have been given a heavenly mandate to introduce those same people to Jesus. We have the privilege of helping those people connect with the living God.
To us has been given the ministry of reconciliation; reconciling lost sheep to the Great Shepherd, calling the prodigal home, showing the way to the Father.
People need to know- Jesus Christ came into the world to save not to condemn. He literally came to reveal in the flesh the character and nature of God and how to meet Him. Our life motto and mantra ought to be “The Son (Jesus) is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being!” (Hebrews 1 v 3).
Religion has been defined as, ‘a particular system of faith and worship’ but this is not true knowledge of God. A system is described as ‘a set of things that are connected or that work together, an organised scheme or method’ (Oxford English Dictionary).
Religion does not lead to God. God is above the system, there is no organised system for coming to know Him. Knowing God is not based on the way we do things, on ritual, methodology or tradition. It is based on nothing more than a living relationship with the one who formed us in our Mother’s womb.
No system can bring us to that place. Relationship is birthed through relationships; our relationship with God can and should be the catalyst that connects others into relationship with Him.
‘Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship- and this is what I am going to proclaim to you…’– Acts 17 v 22- 24
Ignorance is not bliss. There are many who are desperate to know the God they desire to worship.
But we must know Him first.
May we have a firm foundation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of our understanding enlightened that we might comprehend the hope of His calling- to ourselves and those around us.
Do you know the One you worship?