We exist TO KNOW GOD & MAKE GOD KNOWN. When God created Adam and Eve, He walked in the garden with them (c.f. Gen 3:8). They knew each other intimately by spending time together. This is God’s desire for all of us: to have an intimate relationship with each of us. Jesus tells us to love Lord our God with all of our heart, mind, and soul (Matt 22:37). This means we are to know Him and love Him with everything we have. This love that God has for us and ours for him is not meant to be only private and selfish, but shared with others as well because God is jealous for us (Deut 4:23-24). He desires to know all of us in an intimate relationship. Therefore, this means we need to go out and make God known by sharing the Gospel and declaring God’s Word (c.f., Ps 96:2-4; Mark 16:15-16; Phlm 1:6).
1. To Know God
There are three main ways we can know God: Bible Study, Prayer, and Fellowship of the Church. We need to be doing all of these to fully know God and be in relationship with Him. They all play an integral part in our relationship with God and failing in one weakens our relationship with Him.
- Studying the Bible: The Psalmist says, “I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways. I will delight in your decrees and not forget your word.” (Ps 119:15-16). One way we describe the Bible, or God’s Word, is as His love letter to us. The Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit and written by the hands of God’s people. God spoke and revealed His words to us through Scripture. It is an intimate word to us, and just as letters from our loved ones are appreciated and help us to know them more, the Bible does the same for us with God. By studying it, we read the very words of God and can intimately know Him.
- Prayer: When we pray, we commune, or converse, with God himself. John tells us, “This is the confidence we have when approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will; He hears us” (1 John 5:14). Our prayers do not go up into the air into nothing. Instead, God hears our prayers and communes with us. Just as we talk to our loved ones to know them more, we come to know God more through prayers.
- Fellowship of the Church: The Church is not simply the building we go sit in every Sunday, but it is made up of those who believe and follow Jesus. If we do not gather together as the body of Christ, then there is no church. “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near,” exhorts the writer of Hebrews (Heb 10:24-25). Sometimes God uses other people to speak to us for us to know Him more. Maybe God will use us to reveal Himself to another person. We need to be gathering as the church to encourage one another and to worship God to know Him more.
2. Making God Known
We all know the Great Commission pretty well. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matt 28:19-20). Yes, Jesus was speaking to the original disciples, but we can extend this to all of Jesus’ disciples, us. We are to go out and make new disciples by declaring the Word of God. We need to be making God known so others can come to know Him the way that we do. This is not simply inviting them to church, although that is a good start, but by us teaching them what the Bible says about God. They need to know who God is from the primary source, His very own Word.
Paul tells us,
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ (Rom 10:13-17).
He is showing us the importance of making God known by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Essentially, if we do not make God known, then no one can know Him and be saved.
We are only saved by placing our faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:16; Eph 2:7-8). It is as simple, easy, and free as that. We place our faith in Jesus and believe all that He said He is, all that He did, and all that He will do. He said He is God (John 10:30). He said He came to redeem us from our sins (Luke 19:9-10). He died for our sins upon the cross (Rom 5:8). He rose from the dead and will return again (Mark 16:6; 1 Thess 4:16-17). Believing these things and in Christ will save us by the grace of God. But how will people believe if they are never told about him?
No one can place their faith in Christ if they are never told about Him. We cannot fail in our duty to share the Gospel with others. We cannot expect others to do it for us, because if we do and everyone else feels the same way, then no one will share the Gospel. Luckily, this is not the actual case and some people actually follow Jesus’ commandment to go and make more disciples. They may not believe, but it is not our job to make someone believe in Jesus. It is our duty to tell the world about Jesus so that they might come to believe and receive salvation in Jesus.
We exist to know God and make God known. We cannot make God known if we do not know Him ourselves. We do not need seminary degrees or to have the whole Bible memorized to do this. We simply have to know enough to believe to be able to share our faith with others so that they might believe as well. We continue to grow in our knowledge of God just as we continue to grow in our knowledge of each other in our relationships. The more we know God, the more we can share about God to others, and the more likely they are to know Him as well.
What kind of legacy are you leaving behind? Will people know that you know God? Will they know God because of you? We need to be asking ourselves these questions. We might be graduating school, we might be leaving a job, or we might be meeting God face to face finally. If these were to happen today, then what kind of legacy are we leaving behind. Are we doing all we can to know God & make God known?