Karen and I were married on July 18, 1981 – a scorching hot day in Phoenix, Arizona. When we said our vows I was confident that I knew her well. We had been dating for over 2 ½ years and had spent countless hours together – walking along the lake front, sitting on the floor of the sky deck of the John Hancock overlooking the city, noshing on bagels at a tiny but busy deli on Clark street, studying together in the student lounge at our college, and racking up huge long distance phone bills during summer and Christmas breaks. Lots of time together. Lots of talk. On our wedding day I knew her probably as well as I had ever known anyone.
But now over 34 years later I realize that I really barely knew her. Over the years I have learned so much more about her – through good times and bad, in times of high stress and during relaxed weekends away. Now I know there is always more to know about her. And the bottom line is that as my knowledge of her has grown – so has my love for her. That’s how a committed love relationship works!
When the Apostle Paul prayed for the Ephesian believers, he gave made this petition:
I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. Ephesians 1:16-17
It works the same way in our relationship with God: to know Him is to love Him. Our God can be known. He loves to communicate with us and reveal himself to us. To whatever degree you know him now, you could know him even better! And that increased knowledge of God would change your life! You could live for another 1,000 years and not exhaust the riches of growing in your relationship with the Creator of the universe.
So what’s the key to learning more about him?? Well, yesterday in my sermon I stated that if you go home remembering only one thing, it should be this:
The primary manner in which he invites us to know him better is through his word!
Jesus Christ is his primary revelation of self-disclosure to us and the bible is all about Jesus! As we humbly read, study and submit to his word we come to a greater understanding of who He is and we learn to love him more (think heartfelt authentic worship and enthusiastic obedience!).
Reading your bible regularly is by far the most spiritually transformative habit that you can develop. Are you committed to developing this habit? Do you value the word of God and prioritize it in your daily routine?
If not, why not?
It is essential that we become people of the book.
I pray you will!
P.S. Looking for a great resource to help get you started? Explore here: https://www.youversion.com/ I and a lot of peeps at ACC use these bible reading plans all the time. I’m currently on day 11 of reading through the bible in 90 days.