First Impressions

"For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest." (Hebrews 8:10-11)

"That I may know Him..." (Philippians 3:10)

I want to know the Lord. If I've heard of a God who will love me from somewhere unreachable except by death and with a strength that supersedes it, I want to know Him. If I hear about a person who would grant "peace that passeth all understanding" (Philippians 4:6-7) I'd be curious to see what that felt like, if possess it. If someone told me that my "sins" could be forgiven and my slate wiped clean for all time, I'd be more than curious. If someone told me that hell was real but that I didn't have to go, I'd ask. I'd want to know the God who took the time to single me out and tell me these things.

I accepted the Lord when I was four years old though I truly didn't get to know Him until my late teens. I know Him now, as I near thirty, better than ever I have. But my life goes on and I find that He's always one step ahead of me. When Jesus says "follow me" (Matthew 4:19), He's not just using rhetoric. And as you follow Him, you get to know Him. And the more you get to know Him, the more you want to know Him. He is the most loving and intense and ever-present person you will ever get the privilege to meet. And it is most definitely a privilege to know Jesus.

See, all we have is our life. There are those, wildly successful and mindful of whence they've come who count the Lord as the Prime Mover of those successes. If you turn it around, there are people whose lives have completely fallen apart who still haven't reached an upper limit to their pride. If you think my point in illustrating counterintuitive ends of a spectrum is to prove anyone can meet the Lord, that's true. But my real point is, it doesn't matter what echelon or realm or sphere or demographic from which you hail, Jesus wants to meet you. I can tell you from personal experience that when you meet Him, you're life will fill in. Not only will every existential question that tickles or torments the periphery of your thinking be silenced (and answered) with His peace, you will know the Lord. I think about all the stages of life on which happen outrageous and noteworthy events. And this simple introduction trumps every accolade and achievement the world over. To meet your Creator. I pray for your introduction, in Jesus' name.

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