knowing God

two important goals

There are two goals that I want to pursue in life:

GOAL 1:  I want to love God.  Growing up in a Christian home, I’ve found that the only motivation that can keep me connected to God in a healthy way is love – to let myself experience His love for me and then respond to Him with love.  Love is a topic of immense proportions and various intrepretations.  But I believe that the only genuine love that we can know is Who God is – He is love.  Along this line, I cannot love God, if I do not love the people around me.  I believe that loving others is giving God the freedom to express Himself through me and this is one of the ways that I can love God.  Loving God keeps my motives right.

GOAL2:  I want to know God.  This is indeed a lofty goal, similar to my 1st goal.  How can a finite know The Infinite?  Nevertheless, there are many occassions and verses in the Bible about knowing God – who He is, how He moves, what His values & priorities are, different ways He communicates, . . . . .  I believe that God wants to make Himself known to us and each day gives us a fresh opportunity to learn more about who God is – Incarnate in a finite world.  The most grounded way to know God is through His Word and knowing God through His Word keeps my doctrine immunized from heresy 🙂

So join me in this adventure of knowing and loving God in the contexts of our daily living.

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knowing God

knotI’ve been thinking alot about knowing God.  Some of my favorite verses on this objective are: Philip 3:6-10 & Jer 29:11.  I particularly like Jer 29:11 because it simplifies what’s important to achieve in life to one thing – knowing God.  In this journey of knowing God (actually, I honestly think that He pursues us more ardently than we could ever imagine), there are a few things that I’ve realized to be helpful while travelling:

*God is Triune:  God expresses Himself differently as God our Father, God the Son & God the Holy Spirit.  Knowing God is more than knowing information about Him.  Its relationship development in the fullest sense of the words.  I also believe that knowing God takes Him opening our eyes to His work & Him opening our ears to His voice & lastly Him sensitizing our heart to His presence.  Knowing God exceeds a mere cerebral exercise.

*Platforms / Contexts:  there are alot of platforms / contexts in our lives through which God expresses Himself, if we cooperate w His efforts. Some of these platforms / contexts include:  family, work, kids, friends, mate, etc.  What I’ve sensed God saying of late about these platforms is that they can be used by Him in my life to help me know Him better if I keep the right perspective.  More than that, He said that He will help me with that perspective thing because He wants me to know Him even more than I want to know Him.  How completely enchanting!!!

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