Michael Jordan averaged 30.1 points per game during his 15-year NBA career.
He averaged 33.4 points per game during his 179 career playoff games. He won 6 NBA titles, was league MVP 5 times, was all-star game MVP 3 times, and led the league in scoring 10 times. I can rattle off lots of Michael Jordan stats, but here’s the thing.
I don’t know KNOW Michael Jordan. I just know about him. I don’t know what his favorite color is or what his favorite flavor of ice cream is. I don’t know what his biggest fear is or when the last time he cried was. We don’t have any inside jokes and we don’t have a 100-day Snap streak together.
A lot of us are in that same boat when it comes to God. Some of us know a lot about God. We know some Bible stories, we know a lot about what God's character is like, and we know facts about who Jesus is, but that’s where it ends.
We don’t actually KNOW God. We just know ABOUT him.
But what if that wasn’t how it was meant to be? What if God desired for you to know him more? What if what he wanted, more than anything in the universe, was for you to actually know him?
One of the writers of much of the Bible, Paul, understood this. Here’s what he says to some people that lived in the city of Philippi.
“For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh – though I myself have reasons for such confidence. IF someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless. But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ” – Philippians 3:3-8
Paul seemed to have it all. He had good, religious parents. He followed all the rules. He knew everything about the Bible. But none of that helped him actually KNOW God. They just helped him know ABOUT God. But Paul wanted to know God. He wanted to know God so badly. And eventually he did. In time, his knowledge about God turned into an actual, personal relationship with God.
- If you know about God, how can you actually come to know him?
- What are some things we can do to know God more?
- How do you think knowing God can lead to a life-long faith? How does just knowing about God put that at risk?