Devotional: ‘Lasting Fulfillment’

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There is a part of our lives that few people ever see. Many know us on the surface, but few ever know what’s deep inside. As parents, we think that we know our children; yet as children, we know that there is a lot about us that no one understands. As husbands and wives, we think that we know our mates; yet as mates, we know that there is a lot about us that we have never shared. Perhaps the only one who ever really knows us is God.

The Bible tells us that God knows our thoughts, actions, and even words as they are being formed upon our lips. (Psalm 139:1-4) Jesus said that our heavenly Father knows the number of hairs on our head. (Matthew 10:30) Scripture tells us that God already has a record of all the days we will live. (Psalm 139:16)Therefore, we might conclude that God knows more about us than anyone else. Perhaps God knows more about us than we even know about ourselves. But how well do we know God? The Apostle Paul not only wanted to know more about God, he wanted to know God personally in a deeper way. Consider what Paul said –

“I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 3:10-14) 

One wonders how Christ felt about Paul’s desire to know Him. What would it mean to you to have someone wanting to know all there is about you? Even more so, what would it mean to you to have someone wanting to be completely like you?  \Scripture teaches us that God has created us for the purpose of knowing Him and being known by Him. Centuries ago a catechism was written to help teach the Word of God. (Westminster Shorter Catechism [1]) For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term ‘catechism’, it is a series of questions and answers used to outline the various aspects of our Christian faith.

The first question of the Westminster Catechism was – “What is the chief end of man?”  In other words, ‘What are we here for?’ The answer given was – “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” The reason God made us is to know Him, to glorify Him, and to enjoy Him forever.

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[1] http://www.reformed.org/documents/wsc/index.html?_top=http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC.html  September 25, 2016

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