What We Possess (Part 2): Knowing God Better
The first thing Paul prays for in this passage (Ephesians 1:15-23) is that the Ephesian Christians will grow in their knowledge of God (verse 17). We can have knowledge of a great many things, but the knowledge of God is doubtless the highest possible knowledge. The atheist claims there is no God for us to know, and the agnostic states that if there is a God we cannot know Him. But Paul has met God. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you have met God. I have met God. And we have met him the same way Paul did, through the person of Jesus Christ. We meet Go through faith. This is why James wrote about Abraham: “And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: ‘Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.’ He was even called the friend of God.” (James 2:23, NLT, emphasis mine)
It is not enough to just know God. It is essential that the believer grow in his knowledge of God. To know God personally is salvation. To know Him increasingly is sanctification. To know Him perfectly is glorification. Since we are made in the image of God, the better we know God, the better we know ourselves and each other. It is not enough to know God only as Savior. We must get to know Him as Father, Friend, Guide, and the better we know Him, the more satisfying our spiritual lives will be.
It is easy to say that we must know God better; the real challenge is how to go about doing it. It is difficult, in that it requires discipline. It is not particularly complicated. If you want to get to know me better, you can do so by repeating two simple processes: spend time with me and spend time with people who know me better than you know me. That’s it. The same is true for getting to know God better. Spend time with him in prayer and scripture. Spend time with people who know God better than you know him. Then repeat.
I will try soon to share a few thoughts about what Paul means about knowing our calling.
I would be interested to read your thoughts on this. Has this worked for you? Could it really be this simple?