I often think of a quote from Smith Wigglesworth when I am in conversation with the Lord, seeking wisdom and understanding on a certain subject – “God wants to answer even more than you want to ask!” One of the most encouraging and productive aspects of our spiritual life is a true understanding of our Father’s heart. He is for our success (Joshua 1:8). He is the Blesser (Proverbs 10:22) – He wants to provide for us abundantly (John 10:10). He loves us with a great and wonderful and intense love. (Ephesians 2:4) And it is that loving relationship that we are meant to share with the lost, dead ones in the world. They are meant to observe, in our daily lives, what God in a life looks like; what our loving God is all about on behalf of the children of men! Our Lord Jesus made this a very simple equation:
I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another. By this shall all [men] know that you are My disciples, if you love one another [if you keep on showing love among yourselves]. (John 13:34-35)
And, Jesus Christ, we know, is the direct representation of God the Father:
He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high, (Hebrews 1:3)
And as “the perfect imprint and very image of God’s nature” He went about doing good and healing all who were under the devil’s influence (Acts 10:38). He brought light into the devil’s darkness. In love He paid the penalty we deserved and restored us to all of the benefits and blessings of life in our Father’s kingdom. As His disciples, as the believing Church, that is our calling as well. We are to deeply and correctly know God so that our lives reflect His goodness and so that all may look and see that God is good!
...For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him, (Ephesians 1:17) (Emphasis mine)
We are to “spread and make evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere” (2 Corinthians 2:14). The only way we can correctly reveal the character of God to the lost ones is to know and understand Him correctly and intimately ourselves. Is that possible? God’s Word says that it is.
And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent. (John 17:3) (Emphasis mine)
And he said, The God of our forefathers has destined and appointed you to come progressively to know His will [to perceive, to recognize more strongly and clearly, and to become better and more intimately acquainted with His will], and to see the Righteous One (Jesus Christ, the Messiah), and to hear a voice from His [own] mouth and a message from His [own] lips; (Acts 22:14) (Emphasis mine)
That is what we have to offer the lost world – not judgment, harsh criticism, or self-righteous condemnation. Just love. We are safe within the care of our Father. It is a care-free place, this realm of knowing God; of understanding our Father’s heart. Safe and secure in the care of the Lord, guided and taught daily by the indwelling Holy Spirit of God, we understand that in Jesus we are worthy of the Father’s intimacy and love:
But if one loves God truly [with affectionate reverence, prompt obedience, and grateful recognition of His blessing], he is known by God [recognized as worthy of His intimacy and love, and he is owned by Him]. (1 Corinthians 8:3)
So the fundamental question for each born-again child of God is “How well do you know Him?” Are you growing daily in “the full, personal, precise, and correct] knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord?” (2 Peter 1:2) Does Scripture – God’s holy, unchanging, uncompromising Truth – inform your expectations in life. Trust and unwavering reliance on God’s Word relies upon your relationship with your Creator. In the book of Romans Paul speaks to the compromised faith walk of many:
I bear them witness that they have a [certain] zeal and enthusiasm for God, but it is not enlightened and according to [correct and vital] knowledge. (Romans 10:2)
Look at this wonderful promise from God:
[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]! (Ephesians 3:19)
Allow the Truth of God’s Word to give you a hunger to daily become more intimately acquainted with your Father. There are wonders to understand about what being a child of God means. There are privileges and blessings that God extends to His own. And it pleases His heart when His children take Him at His Word (Hebrews 10:38).