Knowing Father Best

Michael Beck

“Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying.” (John 8:55)

It is not the great theologians who know God the best. Knowing God is not a thing of the head. The work of the Spirit of truth to guide us into all truth is not meant to make us smarter about God. The Spirit shows us Christ so we might be transformed into His likeness. We know Christ to the degree we are like Him.

Those who know us best are those who know who we are beneath the surface that others see. They know what we love and what we hate. Our richest fellowship is with those who share our heart’s delights. Jesus said, “I and the Father are one.” Paul so wanted to know Jesus that counted all things loss to share in the fellowship of His sufferings. (Phil. 3:10)

The Father sent His Son into the world to gain fellowship with a world that had not known Him. “O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.” (John 17:25) He is not looking for those who wish to know about Him. Mere religious attachment is not what He is after. He seeks true worshippers, who know Him as His Son did.

Is there anyone in the world worth knowing more than the God who made the Universe? He does not want to be some far off, detached Deity to you. He wants to be the One Person you know best.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.