When the Apostle Paul wrote his letter to the infant Christian group in Phillippi, he mentioned some important things he’d acomplished. Almost boastfully he mentioned them, but then dismissed all his accomplishments as being worthless (as cow doo) by comparison to his one really driving, magnificent obsession: “. . . That I may know Him (Jesus Christ) and the power of His Resurrection. . . “
In that connection, here’s a point which has captured my thoughts: Jesus chooses to make Himself known. He’s available to us. There are people whom I can never know, simply because they are not available or interested.
Between you and me, there are several people I’d really like to know. I think they could be a great inspiration to me. In some instances, I believe I might even be of some value to them. For one example, some of our mutual acquaintances told me recently of a very bright, successful young minister in a growing Church. He got into a financial mess not long ago. Some of it was similar to the stuff I went through, with the result that I ultimately resigned, defeated, from my own ministry and spent years beating myself up. I became a grand master of the blame/shame game. But I also learned a lot of things which, I felt, might be helpful to the young pastor. I struggled with the idea that perhaps I should contact him and at least offer friendship. It sort of seemed that the Lord was “leading” me to do that. The young minister didn’t share that opinion. He responded, politely of course, but directly refusing my offer, and assured me he had the situation well under control. But thanks, anyhow. Even when I wanted to know him on some level and felt I could help him avoid some of the mistakes I made. Of course I understand. He’s busy. He has no idea who I am. And he’s probably also a bit embarrassed and tired of talking about it. . . especially to a total streanger.
I’d also really like to know Josh Hamilton. A fantastic young athlete who almost self-destructed. With everything going for him, he blew it. Big time. But, through the grace of God, the love of a dedicated, godly Grandmother, and the support of some really good people, he made a soaring comeback and on occasion can still stand major league baseball fans on their ear with his feats. If he ever responds to any of the efforts I’ve made to contact him, he’ll definitely be the subject of a chapter in a book I’m planning for current day “comeback kids.” To my knowledge, he never got my message. I tracked him down to a brother who owns a business in the Research Triangle and his American Legion baseball coach who wound up pitching for him when he smashed all sorts records for numbers and distance in a major league homerun derby a few years back.
I would also really like to know Senator John Mc Cain. His courage and integrity under unbelievable pressure have caused me to rank him among some of the heroes about whom I read and admired as a child. Flawed? To be sure. So is Lance Armstrong. But their accomplishments amaze me. Even when I’ve disagreed with statements or actions of both, there’s something about guys like that which makes me feel I’d be very fortunate to be able to know them and be their friend.
Next time you see Lance or John, perhaps you could mention that. You also have my permission to give them my telephone numbers, gmail address, etc.
But Jesus actually wanted His disciples to be His friends. He wanted to know them. He wanted them to know Him. His heart was always open to them. He was never “too busy to bother.”
There are lots of other people I’d like to know, but the opportunity probably will never be made available to me. More than likely, that is because they don’t have the time or the interest
If there’s ever even a slight possibility of “knowing any of these folks,” it is up to them. Entirely. I have no plans to stalk them or flood their mail boxes or telephone answering systems. They’re busy and I’ve done nothing which might make them feel my acquaintance would be of any importance to them.
The point I’m trying to make is, I believe, a valid one. Those who really desire to know Christ may really come to know Him. Truth be told, He’s probably more interested in your knowing Him than you and I are.
I’ve spent right much time lately considering that very idea. Hope you’ll think along with me and add your own observations.
Here’s a thought for you to ponder: “How may I know Christ?”
God’s son and servant, your friend and fellow student, ~donkimrey