What is the best thing that could ever happen to you? Is it financial blessing? Additions to your family? Peace? Happiness?
The Bible tells us there’s something worth more than all of these. “Thus says the Lord: ‘Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth.’“ (Jeremiah 9:23-24, ESV, emphasis added)
This is why Jesus came: “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:1-3, ESV, emphasis added)
This is the purpose of the Christian life: to know God. It’s worth more than any ministry we could do, any active service, any expected Christian behavior.
Paul had all kinds of things in his favor. “I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has a reason for 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; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the Lord, but that way which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith.” (Philippians 3:4-9,ESV, emphasis added)
The primary reason we are on this earth is not to be productive or serve God or to accomplish anything. It is simply to know God. That’s why the greatest commandment is this: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.“ (Matthew 22:37, ESV)
If you don’t do anything else today, love Jesus.
If you don’t accomplish anything else with your life, know God.
To know him and to love him is to truly live.
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