When we get to know another person, or even fall in love with someone, do we just enjoy the relationship, or do we have to figure out what it means, analyze it, and figure out how it works?
Yet an elephant in the room is that this is exactly what happens among people who say they love Jesus Christ! It is frustrating to watch these combative interactions taking place, in the name of Jesus, all over the Internet. This denomination against that one. Christification versus holiness. Grace against works. Justification versus sanctification. And on and on it goes, ad nauseam.
No, correction. It is not frustrating. It is tragic. It makes me want to weep.
So, how many angels actually do dance on the head of a pin?
Can you not just picture Jesus watching all this? “Hello, here I am waiting for you to follow Me, so I can show you the Way home. But all you are doing is arguing with one another about how a relationship with Me works.”
Please understand. I am not advocating for a lack of truth or lack of right theology. But the whole thing about “knowing about” has become the focus, the object, the IDOL! Jesus gets lost in the shuffle of theological debate, or the “celestial mechanics” (so to speak) of how spiritual mechanisms work, almost as if this process is a machine to be figured out. Does one need to be a certified mechanic in order to drive a vehicle?
Knowing about Him is not knowing Him!
“Now this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.” John 17:3
We may do well to take seriously the words of John the Baptist, “”Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John1:29. Fix our gaze on Him; take a good look; learn from Him.
Wouldn’t it be a shame to be able to argue all sorts of points about God, and still miss the all important matter of knowing Him?