Our greatest mission as Christians is to do what Jesus did: Seek and save the lost. At the same time, our greatest mission as humans is to know Him and to make Him known. (Ephesians 1:17-19) Those two actions are entwined, yet completely separate. Plenty of people make the name of Jesus known without really knowing Him, and plenty of people know Him, but never make Him known to others. Our calling is to walk in the fullness of those two missions we have been given during our time on earth. And, even though you may never hear the world ask, they most certainly are asking, even in the depths of what may seem like the hardest heart – the whole world is asking: “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?”
Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that the Lord has put “eternity into the human heart,” and Proverbs 20:27 says, “The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the heart.” Everyone who draws breath desires to connect with God, even if they never do. It is hardwired into your very being, intricately entwined into your DNA to want to connect with someone or something on a spiritual level – even if all you ever do is connect with yourself. This is why the unsaved feel such an emptiness inside – because only God can fill the space He has made for Himself within the human heart! This is why we, as Christians, must know Him and make Him known.
In John 9 (read the full story here) when Jesus healed the man who was born blind, the man didn’t even know who Jesus was! He said, “A Man called Jesus made clay, anointed my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went away and washed, and I received my sight.” Yet later, after the Pharisees had thrown him out of the temple for insisting that Jesus was a Man from God, Jesus said to Him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?”
The desire to know Jesus more must be the driving force and the motivating factor for everything in the lives of those who follow Him because everything else flows out of that.
The man didn’t just immediately say, “Of course I do!” Why? Because even the Pharisees believed in the “Son of God” – they just did not believe that Jesus was that Person! Instead, the man answered with this very profound question: “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen Him, and it is He who speaks with you.” Jesus pointed two very different experiences the man had just had: 1) You have seen; and 2) It is He who speaks with you. Before the blind man could actually see, He had known Jesus, “seeing” through the eyes of faith. Then, once Jesus opened his blind eyes, Jesus was able to speak with him. Wow!
The desire of the blind man, after his encounter with Jesus was to know Him more. The desire to know Jesus more must be the driving force and the motivating factor for everything in the lives of those who follow Him because everything else flows out of that. Otherwise, what’s the point? The man who had been healed told everyone about, “A Man called Jesus” and yet still asked, “Who is He, that I may believe in Him?” To know Him and to make Him known. The world is asking to believe in Jesus. They want a reason, proof, eye witness testimony – and you have it all!
Thought for today
If you aren’t excited about Jesus, about knowing Him more, about worshipping Him, about sharing your experiences with others – what is the point? Fire insurance? Those who really know Him will have the natural desire to make Him known- and that will continue until you see Him face to face! “Restore to me the joy of my salvation,” David wrote. (Psalm 51:12) If you’ve been walking around blinded to joy, peace, gratitude, victory and all the other things Jesus bought for you, ask Him to show you: Who are You, Lord, that I may believe in You? Jesus wants to open your eyes!! You believed Him for salvation, but sometimes believing for the rest is a challenge in part because of your flesh, in part because of a lack of knowledge of the Word and in part because of the attacks of Satan. Here’s what happened next in the blind man’s story: “…Then he said, ‘Lord, I believe.’ And he worshipped Him.” Worship will always be a part of your winning strategy in every situation. If you want to see: Worship. If you want to know: Read. If you want to understand: Pray. If you want to win: do all three.