Our Greatest Treasure, Part 1
Jeremiah 9:23-24a Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me.
John 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
What is your greatest treasure? What are the things you hold most dear? Spouse? Children? Other loved ones? Great friends? Your health? Your job? Memories? Be honest—what are the things that you are happiest having in your life?
As Christians, many of us are aware of the scriptures above and even how deeply they can resonate with us. So we might want to be tempted to say, “knowing the Lord,” which we can all agree is a good answer.
But to be completely honest, while we know He is the greatest treasure we have, at least in theory, knowing Him is not usually experienced as our greatest treasure. Happily, there are things we can do to change that.
First, we need to remember that it’s God who began a relationship with us in the first place, not the other way around. It was His desire to know us—and the Holy Spirit’s actions toward that end—that began our relationship with Him, and we can “[be] confident that He who has begun a good work in [us] will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).
It’s God’s desire to know you more intimately, and His desire that you know Him the same way. Remember, it wasn’t up to you to do anything more than accept His salvation when He offered it to you; that’s all He asked of you then. In the same way as He knew how to draw you to Himself in the first place, He knows how to draw you closer to Him now. It’s simply up to you to respond to His leading, just as you did at the time of your salvation. He has the plan to get you there. Be at peace knowing that.
And there are things we can do to position ourselves correctly before God for this work to be completed—simple things. For instance, what would you do if you wanted to get to know someone more? You’d probably say, “Hey, I’d like to get to know you more,” or words to that effect. Then you’d offer some opportunities to make this happen, being sensitive to how the other person would like to see that happen, too.
How God longs to hear these words from you! So tell Him, simply and easily—and if you really mean it—that you’d like to get to know Him more. Then, as with a human, make steps toward getting to know Him more while being sensitive to how the other Person would like to continue the relationship. At least we can know with complete confidence that He is more than ready to deepen the relationship. In fact, by the time you come around to asking, He’s actually been asking the same thing of you for a long time.
Prayer: Lord, I realize that You have wanted to know me more deeply, and that You want me to have that same, deeper relationship with You. I want to know You more. Show me how to begin from where I am.