Take a moment to think of a special person in your life. How often do you spend time together? What do you talk about? Where do you go? What do you experience? What would you do if this person wanted to spend some special quality time with you today?
On the way to school one morning, my six-year-old son said he wanted to spend some ‘Special Mommy Time’ together later that evening. As you might imagine, I was touched to hear such a sweet request and was greatly anticipating our union. That evening, we made fruit smoothies, played board games, took a long walk hand in hand and read books as we snuggled up under a blanket. My son squeezed me and said, “This is the life,” as he drifted off to sleep.
Such moments in life are precious – intimate, genuine and full of contentment.
Do you realize that Jesus wants to spend Special Time with you at this very moment? He is always interested, constantly concerned and ever focused on you.
John 17:1-3 records a conversation Jesus had with the Father and his disciples, “After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”
Did you catch what Jesus says about eternal life? He defines it as you and I knowing God. The Greek transliteration of the word “know” is ginosko which means:
- to learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of, perceive, feel
- to become known
- to know, understand, perceive, have knowledge of
- to become acquainted with
This type of knowing is deliberate, intimate and personal. It is contrasted with the type of knowing that provides facts without a relationship.
What if my idea of spending quality time with my son had been viewing photographs and videos of him, admiring his artwork and gushing over baby keepsakes while he was waiting for me to engage him? Strange, right?
Knowing things about someone is not a substitute for having a relationship with them, is it? Nor is the desire to know someone the same as actively knowing them. We can know and want to know all types of things about Jesus without ever being intimate with Him.
If you are ready to accept Jesus’ invitation to ginosko Him today, consider how you will spend your time together. What will you talk about? Where will you go? What will you experience? How will you interact with other people?
As you spend quality time knowing Jesus, perhaps you will catch yourself saying, “This is the life…the eternal life.”