“We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.” 1 John 2:3
In many countries there are many people who will openly state that they know Jesus. In some countries they cannot do it openly because it is against the law. While many will state that they know Jesus, not everyone really knows Jesus.
There are people who have met some famous person for about two minutes and was able to say hi to that person. Now they go around saying that they know that person. Do they really know that person? Not at all. They are just an acquaintance. There really is no knowledge of the person.
John says that if you really know Jesus you will keep His commands. What does knowing Jesus have to do with keeping His commands?
When you spend a lot of time with a person you learn what they like and do not like. You really learn who that person is and what his heart is about. The same goes for getting to know Jesus. The more time you spend with Him and really get to know Him, the more you will learn what is heart is about.
The heart of Jesus is all about saving you and the rest of the world from sin and death. His heart is being a servant to accomplish this task of saving everyone.
Think about how great His love for you must be for Jesus to be willing to leave heaven to come to this earth to save you. Think about how great His love must be for you to be willing to die a painful death on the cross.
When you start to realize how great the love of Jesus is for you, you will want to return that love to Him. You will want to love Him just as much. Loving Jesus will show up when you obey Him, when you do what He says.
If you are not doing what Jesus says, you really don’t know or love Him. The reality of His love for you has not made it to your heart if you do not obey Him. It comes down to the fact that you do not know Him yet.
Do you really KNOW Jesus?
Or do you just know Him?
I pray today that God will give you a new vision of who Jesus is; that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will have a new love for Jesus; and that you will do whatever Jesus wants you to do.