Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile. – Billy Sunday
When it comes to God, it's easy to get way too heavy on knowledge and way too light on experience. We know how to pray and witness and go to a Bible study class. We know about tithing our money. There are even books to teach us how to be a better young Christian, an old Christian, a middle-aged Christian, and even an empty-nest Christian!
In other words, you can train yourself to be an expert in Christian behavior, and still – wait for it – never know God. Many people know about God without knowing God. Paul craved an intimate relationship with God:
I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. – Philippians 3:10-11
But God not only wants to know you, He wants to know you so well that He can call you "friend:"
"Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God's friend. – James 2:23
Can you honestly say, "I know God"? Can you call God "a friend"? Most Christians know how to get baptized and even can know how to lead people to Christ. Ask the Holy Spirit to put a fire in your heart to seek out a relationship – a real friendship – with the Lord today.
Holy Spirit, thank You for interceding in my prayers so that the Father can know all of my desires before I utter them. I pray for a heart like Paul's and a relationship like the one Abraham had with You. I want to do more than know about You and try to do "godly" things. I want to know You more. Amen.
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