Most people make knowing God too complicated.
I’ve come to this conclusion after spending the better part of the last 25 years in a professional ministry setting. My ministry work has been in the urban and suburban worlds. I’ve been overseas and around the US. Too often, we make God complicated…unknowable.
Most people make it too complicated.
You can know God.
Can I be honest, it’s job security. If you need the pastor, minister, priest to tell you what God wants you to know, then I have a job to do. I obviously believe there is a place for the “professional” minister, but you don’t NEED them to know God.
Mysterious but Relatable
To be clear, God is mysterious. I’ve spent 30 years seeking God, and I’ll spend the next 30 years seeking God and deepening my faith, but there will be more I don’t know than what I do know. Yet God is relatable.
Let me take it a step further, God is more than just relatable because God designed relationship. More than just allowing Himself to be known, God wants to be known. God wants a relationship with you. He wants relationship more than He wants you do some grand act or to follow a set of rules.
So, what does it take to know God? How can you begin a relationship with the Creator of the universe? Think about that…YOU can know the One who made the moon, stars and sky! Here are the first three things you need to know God:
- The Bible isn’t a convoluted ancient text, so do know how to understand the Bible?
- God wants to speak to you, so do you know how to hear God’s voice?
- You are a unique creation of God, so do you know God’s purpose for your life.
You can know God.
You can read (or listen to) the Bible AND understand it. God can speak, personally, to you, AND you can hear it. There is a purpose for your life, AND you can know it. God is knowable, and I can show you how. Over the course of the next few posts, I’ll show you how to:
- Understand the Bible.
- Hear God’s voice.
- Determine God’s purpose for your life.
I know, I know, I know, libraries have been written on each of these subjects. You can go as deep as you want to go on these topics, but it can be simple too. You can understand the Bible, hear God’s voice (He wants to talk to you), and know the purpose for your life.
Let me end with this thought. There is one layer that sits on top of everything when it comes to relationship with God. It’s what really unlocks and speeds up the process of relationship with God. All three steps are true without this layer, but you can make it easier with this one simple truth.
The way to truly know God is through His Son, Jesus. God wants a Father/Child relationship with you. He accomplished this through Jesus. Jesus unlocked the door standing between you and God. Yes, you can know God without submitting to Jesus, but you’ll never have the relationship God desires without using God’s chosen mediator.
Jesus is the way to God.
I can’t wait to share with you!