Day 67 – Life Message
Six days before Brother Lawrence died, he wrote in a letter: “Let us devote ourselves entirely to knowing God. The more we know him, the more we want to know him. Since love is generally measured by knowledge, the deeper and more extensive the knowledge, the greater will be the love. And if our love is great, we will love him equally in pain and consolation.”
The life message of Brother Lawrence was heartfelt and uncomplicated: knowing and loving God. I too want to know and love God. “I want to know Christ” (Philippians 3:10).
“I want to know and love you, Father God – the Creator and Sustainer of all things, the Sovereign Lord of the universe, the God of all time and eternity – to know you as the God who is holy and awesome and who is also my loving, heavenly Father.
“God, I want to know and love you intimately – as Enoch, to walk with you . . . as Moses, to speak face to face with you as a friend . . . as Samuel, to hear your voice as you call my name.
“I want to know and love you, Lord Jesus – as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King, the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
“Lord, I want to know and love you fully – in every circumstance and situation, to understand and experience every aspect of your character, to plunge into the depths of knowing and loving you above all things.
“I want to know and love you, Holy Spirit – the fullness of your invigorating life within and upon me, daily, powerfully, with grace, in humility . . . to know you like a mighty rushing wind and like a gentle breeze . . . to know you like a warm spring rain, and like a torrential downpour, and like the morning dew.
“Spirit of God, I want to know and love you passionately – as you cause my Bible reading and prayer to come alive so they truly are vehicles for knowing and loving you . . . as I am becoming a deeper, higher, wider worshiper of you.”
May the greatest thing in all my life, my all-consuming passion be loving God, knowing Christ, seeking more of the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
Rick Warren said, “Knowing and loving God is our greatest privilege, and being known and loved is God’s greatest pleasure.”
Action Step: Jot down some of your heartfelt reflections in knowing and loving God.
This is God’s Word for you today,