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How Can I Know Him? - Daily Treasure - April 21

  • 2022 Apr 21

How Can I Know Him?

Sharon W. Betters

TODAY’S TREASURE

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high (Hebrews 1:1-3).

My husband Chuck pastored his first church at the age of 21. He had been a Christian for a year. Leading up to the life-transforming moment of meeting Jesus, he attended a religious school as a child, attended church regularly, participated in the sacraments of his church, and was so fervent about what he believed about God he convinced others to attend his church. Yet, at the moment of his conversion, he immediately realized that though he knew a lot about Jesus, his knowledge of a personal relationship with Jesus was greatly lacking. Suddenly, an unquenchable thirst for knowing Jesus drove him to soak in the scriptures. He memorized whole chapters. The Lord opened his heart and mind to truths previously hidden. God’s Word led him from knowing Jesus superficially to a true knowing. As I look back over that season of life, I realize Chuck’s response to God’s Word is an example of resurrection power at work.

Let’s think about God’s plan for unleashing resurrection power in His children. In Today’s Treasure, we learn God reveals Jesus through His Word, where we learn about the Living Word, Jesus:

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high (Hebrews 1:1-3)

The Old Testament points to Jesus. The New Testament records His personal history – His birth, life, crucifixion, resurrection, and promised return. We learn He is “seated at the right hand of God, the Father” but that He is coming again and will reign in ways we can only imagine. The scriptures teach us about His love and how we can reflect His life and sacrifice in the way we die to self and love others. He promises to make all things new, a promise that helps us persevere when pain seems endless.

LIFE-GIVING ENCOURAGEMENT

When Chuck and I met, we found ways to spend lots of time together, talking for hours, and eager to learn every detail about one another. We shared life, talking, playing, and then working on building a home. Finding time for each other was not a burden or on our to-do list. We naturally wanted to be with one another. And so it is with knowing Jesus, only better. God gave us the Living Word, love letters designed to turn our hearts, the deepest part of our beings, to Jesus.

But there is more. When we meet Jesus and receive His forgiveness, the Holy Spirit lives in us, bringing with Him the power of the resurrection. We move from death to life with the same resurrection power He used to raise Jesus from the dead. As we read the scriptures, the Holy Spirit opens our minds to truths about Jesus and calls us to obedience. If your life goal is to “know” Jesus intimately, you must be a student of the Word, committed to following God’s instructions. Jesus tells us the difference between one who studies the Word academically and one who truly knows Him:

Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him. John 14:21

And there it is. To truly know Jesus requires knowledge of His Word and obedience. This is where we experience resurrection power. God’s power (dunamai) raised Jesus from the dead. That same power moves us from darkness into light (Acts 26:18). That same resurrection power enables us to face hard places, one step at a time.

Only the Lord can save through His mighty power. But there is more, so much more. This same resurrection power enables us to walk by faith, resist temptation, and overcome sin:

If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you (Romans 8:11).

PRAYER

Oh Father, what is the immeasurable greatness of Your power toward us who believe, according to the working of Your great might, that You worked in Christ when You raised Him from the dead and seated him at Your right hand in the heavenly places… (Ephesians 1:19-20) Please open our hearts and minds to the treasure of resurrection power available every minute of every day when we belong to Jesus. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sharon W. Betters is a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, pastor’s wife, and cofounder of MARKINC Ministries, where she is the Director of Resource Development. Sharon is the author of several books, including Treasures of EncouragementTreasures in Darkness, and co-author with Susan Hunt of Aging with Grace. She is the co-host of the Help & Hope podcast and writes Daily Treasure, an online devotional.

For more from Daily Treasure please visit MARKINC.ORG.



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