ALL MEN BY NATURE DESIRE TO KNOW. Aristotle
When asked the question, do you know a certain person, we often give qualifying answers like: “They are an acquaintance.” “They are a good friend.” “They are an old friend.” “They were a neighbor.” “They are a co-worker.”
These answers clarify how we know them or what the relationship is based on. From that information we gain our perspective of who they are and we then say that we know them. There is a song from my childhood radio-listening days that says:
♪♫To know- know- know you, Is to love-love-love you, and I do… and I do…and I do! ♪♫
After 45 years of knowing and loving Coach, I am still learning about him. Even though he is a creature of habit, I am still caught off-guard by an off-the-wall response or surprised by a an unexpected action. To really know someone is not only a life-long process, but it is a life-long commitment.
Coach must know his players before he can plan game strategies. The players, in turn, must be committed to knowing one another so that beyond a friendship, an instinct develops. The patterns of play and responses to play are all part of both the team members and the coach knowing one another. This makes it possible to anticipate one another’s moves bringing confidence to the team effort and resulting in successful team play.
Our Creator knows us…
“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 NLT
This message from our LORD to Jeremiah, the prophet, expresses the depth at which we are known by God himself. He knows us at the core of our being and the purpose for which we are created. He knows-knows-knows us, and He loves-loves-loves us.
Our Creator wants us to know Him…
"…come to know and trust me, understand both that I am and who I am." Isaiah 43:10 TM
This message is recorded from our CREATOR to Isaiah encouraging him to move ahead in his relationship with the one who had hand-picked him as His spokesman.
We can know our Creator…
"I want to know Christ - yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death…" Philippians 3:10 NIV
This is an intimate and eternal knowing that Paul expressed. It wasn’t just an acquaintance, or one who was nearby in case he was needed, or one who he called on to get something done when he couldn’t do it, or one he had an encounter with once, or one he shared a few minutes with every so often. It was beyond a friendship, it was a oneness with Christ…and Christ is one with our Creator.
Blessings…as you seek to know and love your Creator more and more each day.
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