Think back with me to when you first met Jesus. Not when you heard about Him, but when you really met Him. What do you remember?
For some it’s not easy to do. Why is that?
Today there are many, many people who know about Jesus—that is, they know some facts about Him, have committed Bible verses to memory, and perhaps attend church regularly. But they have never allowed what they know to become their personal reality. They hold knowledge in their heads without allowing the truth to penetrate their hearts.
In Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman He makes a statement: “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” John 4:10
The first part of this verse — “If you only knew . . .” — has captivated me. What an incredible truth spoken by Jesus. And it’s still true today. As a matter of fact, Jesus is saying the same thing to you right now. Think about where you are…what you’re facing. Now tell Jesus what that is, and then listen to Him say to you, “If you only knew who you were speaking to.”
In other words, if you could fully grasp the truth of who it is you’re sharing your worries, concerns, and life issues with, you’d hear Jesus saying:
…I’ve never left you nor forsaken you
…I love you with an everlasting love
…take heart, for I have overcome, therefore you can too
…you can trust me
…you can give it all to me
…I have a plan for you, a plan for good not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
…I’m preparing a place for you
Do you know Him?
Sunday - John 4:1-26
Monday - Romans 10:14-15
Tuesday - Romans 8:16
Wednesday - Matthew 15:8-9
Thursday - John 10:11-18
Friday - John 10:25-30
Saturday - Jeremiah 29:11
Lord, I want to know your heart so well that it becomes my heart. Help me to see what you see…feel what you feel…love like you love. Thank you, Jesus. Amen
Can you identify the type of relationship you have with Jesus? Is it a relationship of curiosity and observation? We see elements of this type of relationship with Nicodemus in John 3 and the Rich Man in Luke 18:18. In these relationships, we see someone seeking answers while not necessarily having made a commitment.
Perhaps your relationship with Jesus is based on service and participation. The best example we find of this type of relationship is in Jesus’ conversation with Martha in Luke 10:38-42. Martha was so distracted by her service, she could not focus on time with Jesus. She was doing a lot of good things, but in the end it wasn’t getting her anywhere. She confused activity for accomplishment.
Maybe your relationship with Jesus is more like Mary’s . . . intimate and personal. Luke says that she was “sitting at Jesus’ feet.” Do you know that Mary of Bethany appears 3 times in the New Testament, and all 3 times she is found at the feet of Jesus. She was more focused on the presence of God in her life than anything else.
How would you define your relationship with Jesus?
Is God pleased with your relationship?
Sunday - John 3:1-17 Monday - Luke 18:18-23
Tuesday - Luke 10:38-42 Wednesday - Luke 14:15-24
Thursday - John 15:1-17 Friday - Matthew 26:6-13
Saturday - John 11:1-44
Father, I desire a more intimate and personal relationship with you. Help me keep you as my number one priority in life. I love you, Jesus. Amen
Psalm 145 is a psalm of David celebrating all God has done for those who have gone through trials and testing.
Have you been through trials?
Have you been tested?
Can you look back and see all that God has done for you?
In this Psalm, David commends God’s goodness, greatness, and grace.
Let’s join David in his celebration:
“I will exalt you, my God and King, and praise your name forever and ever. I will praise you every day; yes, I will praise you forever.”
“I will praise the Lord , and may everyone on earth bless his holy name forever and ever.” Psalms 145:21
Sunday - Psalm 145:1-21
Monday - Psalm 34:8
Tuesday - Psalm 107:8-9
Wednesday - James 1:17
Thursday - Psalm 31:19
Friday - Psalm 145:3
Saturday - Ephesians 2:4-9
Father, you truly are the source of all that is good. Thank you for pouring out your goodness over my life. Thank you for your greatness. There is no one greater than you in my life. Lord, thank you for your grace that has redeemed me, not because of anything I have done, but because of what you have done through Jesus. Amen
Bro. Joe Metts