Nothing drives me more than learning to know Jesus more. Nothing compares to knowing Him. It’s my obsession. Indeed, I believe it should be the obsession of all who call Him Lord. As I’ve stated many times here, being a follower of Christ goes far beyond saying a prayer or raising your hand in response to a stirring message. Being a follower of Christ means living your life in a reckless pursuit to know Him more. Nothing matters more than Jesus.
Becoming a Christian is a choice we make in a single moment. Knowing Jesus is a way of life we pursue for the remainder of our days. Nothing compares to the beauty of Jesus. Nothing compares to His peace. True joy and significance are found only by living for the sole purpose of knowing Him more.
When our lives focus on anything other than Jesus, we are straying into the world of idolatry. Many think we have moved past the age of worshipping idols in our modern Western world. We understand worshipping a statue or any lifeless thing is not only delusional but a waste of time and effort. What we fail to recognize is anything receiving our time and attention other than Jesus is lifeless. Everything this world has to offer is dying. Only Jesus can bring life. Only Jesus can heal the ache in your soul. There is no other pursuit worthy of your life except for knowing Him.
Life isn’t all roses when we devote ourselves to knowing Him above all else. There’s nothing Satan hates more than a person who has determined to devote their life to serving Christ. As soon as we set our eyes on Jesus, Satan begins his campaign to distract us. He may try and get us to turn away from Jesus by bringing tragedy and turmoil into our lives. Perhaps he’ll go the other way and tempt us with financial or societal success. The devil may attempt to grow unhealthy appetites for pleasures, substances, or experiences in your mind. Whatever Satan can do to avert your eyes from Jesus, he will try.
The best defense against the attacks of the adversary is to determine to know Christ better every moment of your life regardless of the circumstances swirling around you. Knowing Him helps you see through the lies of the devil. Knowing Jesus allows the power of His spirit to flow through you and kick Satan back where he belongs.
The closer we draw to Christ, the more He will be able to use us to accomplish His mission on earth. There is no greater pleasure, no nobler pursuit, than knowing Him. Don’t settle for being a Christian in name only. It’s more than a label. Following Jesus must be the consuming passion of your life. Nothing else will ever be worth it. Nothing else you pursue has eternal life in it. Only Jesus. All else is dead or dying. The wonders of this world pale dramatically when compared to the beauty of Jesus. Don’t spend your life pursuing what will pass away. Pursue the only One who endures. Don’t stop with giving your life to Jesus. Spend your life getting to know Him better each day. Seek Him. Pursue Him. He’s waiting to be found and waiting to be known by you.