What value or worth do you place on knowing God? What are you willing to sacrifice to be able to know God? Or to testify of Him? Is getting out of bed 30 minutes early too much? What if to spread His word you would have to give up a prestigious position or drive the same old car? Is that too much? Or what if, to really know God; you struggle with chronic illness or pain? In some parts of the world, to know God and to testify of Him could mean you are imprisoned, you and your family tortured, or you could be forced to watch as your family are slain before your eyes. But if you really know God, can you keep silent? Holding the most precious treasure in your hands, how can you not want to share?
Here in the United States, we take it all for granted. We want the blessings, the counterfeit joys, prosperity and comfort; yet, we are not willing to even give God 10 minutes of our time, unless of course there is something we want from Him. But, what about just sitting at His feet; to know Him? Down through history, God’s prophets, preachers, and even His own son willingly suffered and died that we might know Him and the power of His might, that we might know His love, His joy, and His hope in a chaotic world hell bent on denying Him. So, what is it worth to you to know God? Is it worth getting up early or turning off the TV? Is it worth suffering, to know God as your greatest treasure? He may not ask you to give it all up; but, what if He does?
TO KNOW GOD
Read through the Old Testament Prophets and you will not find God saying, “Go testify of me and the people will love you, prosperity will follow you, and all your life will be easy.” No, indeed! Instead, He told them, “The people will hate you. You will lose even that which you love most. At times, you will go hungry or face severe trials. They will lock you up, beat you, and mock you; but, I will be your strength.” Would you say, “Sign me up!” Yet they faithfully followed Him; even if, that meant a lifetime of weeping. Why? Because to know God was worth it all. Even Jonah, willingly wrote his story of rebellion and anger; so, the nation of Israel would see their foolish rebellion. He knew this would bring him humiliation and discredit him as a prophet; but, it would bring God Glory.
Furthermore, it is no different in the New Testament. The apostles were beaten, tortured, and killed because they spread the Gospel of Christ. Yet, they thought it worth it all to know God and His son, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, King of Kings thought it worth leaving His throne to come to earth, suffer and die; that we might be able to know God in all His Glory.
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:24-26)
Thus, saith the Lord, ‘Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight,’ saith the Lord. (Jeremiah 9:23-24).
But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ (Philippians 3:7-8)
As unknown, and yet well known; … dying, and, behold, we live; …chastened, and not killed; As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; … poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things (2 Corinthians 6:9-10)
To know God, what is it worth to you?
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