Part 4: Do You Love Him – “Know God”
When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful. Proverbs 29:18 NLT
If we can’t see what we are doing, everything in us and around us goes wrong.
This is our fourth week on the series “What’s Next”. God has a spiritual journey for us – and what we need is the clarity to know where we are on that journey and what’s next. We must live by God’s revelations. He wants to give us clarity.
God has always wanted us to follow at least these steps:
1) Making a difference
To live our lives in such a way that it matters – to make a difference in our world.
Secular sociologists confirm that happiness and fulfillment is found when we are making a difference. We seek material things, but our greater need is significance. Only God can help us become significant.
2) Discovering purpose and Experiencing Change
We cannot make a difference until we understand what role we need to play. God has a plan for our lives.
Most people want to make a difference, but they are still dealing with their marriage, addictions, and secret sins. All of us were a mess before Jesus – but too many of us remain stuck in our past. Jesus has set you free.
3) Know God
The Greek word for know is GENOSKO, it means to know intimately.
This is the word Jesus used when talking about a relationship with God. To the religious leaders of the day this was almost blasphemy, because their concept of God was wrong. God could not be touched, He was distant, too holy, and didn’t really want us. Jesus said – God wants an intimate relationship, with you.
Here what is important to know:
‘God is not looking for any religion or ritual, He is looking for a relationship!’
‘Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, 4 but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. 5 When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6 “At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’ 7 “All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. 8 Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ 9 “But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 “But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. 11 Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’ 12 “But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’
Jesus’ story taught a spiritual truth. The oil represents our walk with God in a relationship with the Holy Spirit of God.
Christianity is not an institution – we are people in love with a very living God.
When we are not in love with God we experience powerlessness, frustration with trying to do good, and envying others who seem to be closer to Him.
The Bible becomes a hard book to read if we are not in love with God. John says if you love Him, His commands are no longer a burden. Jesus said, “If you love Me you keep my commands.”
‘I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead. I want to suffer with Him, sharing in His death…’
Note, Paul uses the words “Know Christ”. He wanted to be intimately close with Christ.
- Experience change
- Discover purpose
- Make a difference
Until we first,
– Know God
And this is what Christianity is all about.
How to know God
1. Love Him because He first loved me
Start loving Him even before you get your act together. He will accept us as we are and then will give us power to change. God wants us so much that He chose us before we chose Him.
1 John 4:19
‘We love each other because He loved us first.’
2. Pursue Him with all my heart
When you want somebody, you have to go after them! God loves to be pursued. All throughout Scripture you read: “Seek Me”.
‘If you look for Me wholeheartedly, you will find Me.’
All relationships require commitment. Commit even before you understand it all.
3. Give Him my life
Jesus said it this way:
‘If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for My sake, you will save it.’
The Holy Spirit of God is singing out to us today – “Do you love Me?”
We can make a list of all that we are doing for God – but He will ask again, “Do you love Me?”
God is saying, I know what you do for Me, but, “Do you love Me?”
Do we “Genosko” love Him intimately?
This sermon was preached by Pastor Elio Marrocco on September 29, 2019 at New Life Christian Church