It’s Who You Know . . .


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For Sunday May 22, 2022:

IT’S WHO YOU KNOW . . .

John 17:3 (NKJV)
This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God,
and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

At the world’s trendiest nightspots and restaurants, long lines are formed by those who want to be admitted. They stand behind velvet ropes under the watchful eye of those who keep the door. Suddenly, an individual walks past the long line of hopefuls, catches the eye of the doorkeeper, and is motioned forward. The clasp on the velvet rope is released, the door is opened, and the favored guest is granted entrance, leaving all the rest to wonder, Who does he know that we don’t know?

It’s from those kinds of situations in life that the familiar expression arose: “It’s not what you know but who you know that matters.” And that is definitely true when it comes to eternal life. Jesus said that not everyone who called Him “Lord” would enter the Kingdom of Heaven. To those who practice lawlessness, His reply to their “Lord, Lord,” will be, “I never knew you” (Matthew 7:21–23). There is a difference in knowing about God and actually knowing Him. And only by knowing Him do the doors to the Kingdom of Heaven and eternal life open.

Do you know God or only know about Him? Gaining access to a restaurant brings enjoyment for an evening. Gaining access to heaven brings joy forever.

Oh, the fullness . . . of knowing God on earth!
JIM ELLIOT

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David Jeremiah, Turning Points with God: 365 Daily Devotions (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale, 2014), 142.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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