I Know, Right?!

When I moved from Fort Worth, Texas to Colorado in 2002, one of the first things I noticed in the city was that no one waved to anyone, no one nodded a head or offered a passing greeting.  In Fort Worth, if someone allowed you into their lane in front of them, you waved as a sign of courtesy.  If you were passing someone on the street, it was courteous to nod your head in acknowledgement, or offer a simple greeting.  Waving was common.

For a long while, this was not my experience in Colorado, so when we moved to the neighborhood we are in now I made it a point to become “the crazy neighbor that waves to everybody”.  Each time I was in my front garden, if a car passed by or someone was out walking, I made a point to wave and/or to say hello.  At first, no one waved back (ouch).  One girl a few houses down would come and speak with me from time to time and noticed how I waved at all the passing cars.  “Do you know those people”, she would ask?  “Nope, just being friendly”, I would say.  We are approaching six years in that neighborhood, and now almost everyone I see waves in response, or sometimes even first! The effort I was making to get to know my neighbors was paying off!

I think about the question my little neighborhood friend asked a lot.  It reminds me of one of my mother’s favorite questions: “Do you know Jesus”?  She was indiscriminate with it, asking anyone, whether she knew if they went to church or not.  It is a fair question!  My mom wasn’t asking if they went to church, or if they considered themselves a good person, or if they had a religious experience once or if they knew they were going to heaven when they died.  She was being very poignant, not asking if a person knew of Jesus, she wanted to know, did they know Him?  She might have asked in a similar fashion “do you know so-in-so (fill in the blank)”, meaning an actual live person.

Do you know Jesus?  Does He know you in turn?  How well do you know one another?  Well enough to realize He is real, He is alive, He is God, and He is worthy of our worship?  To know WHO He is, all about Him in a real sense, means we are intimate with His ways, we know His voice, we follow His teachings.  We know what He feels, the beating of His heart.  In much the same way we would know our loved ones, the sound of their voice, their likes or dislikes, what they are thinking, or be able to finish a sentence they had started.

A.W. Tozer once said that to have found God and yet still pursue Him is the soul’s paradox of love.  Understanding who Jesus is, knowing Him and loving Him, can not only positively change the course of your life here on earth, it also has a direct impact on where you will spend eternity.  Every breath we breathe is a gift from God Himself.  None of us are guaranteed our next one.

‘Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness.’ ‘ Matthew 7:22-23 NASB

‘”Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, ” ‘you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” ‘ Matthew 22:36-40 NASB

‘But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” ‘ John 10:26-30 NASB

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