We all have the desire to know and truly be known in return.
If I am to live my purpose for the purpose of the Lord (as I claim), then the person for me to know is God.
I believe that for me to know myself is for me to truly know God. If my identity is the child of God (as the Bible claims) and my very heart lies with God, then to know myself is to know Him.
So here I am, at Head Rush, on my first coffee date to get to know Him.
I’m starting with the Book of John. Here we go:
3:16 “For God so loved the world…”
Love. These are the questions that I initially asked to know Him and to know myself. I kept reading, these are the answers I found within.
How does God feel loved? 4:23-24 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. –Worship God in spirit and truth. So, not just superficially praying, reading, and spending time, but actually devote in digging deep from within the spirit… from the place where I ache. Let him fill this void, that will please him.
How should I show God my love? 4:34 My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. –You were called to be a doctor. Continue to pursue this and take steps forward everyday. This shows your devotion and trust for Him through your work. Not for you, not for med school, but for the God who has called you.
How do I feel loved? 4:13-14 Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. –I’ve been in that place where “I have so much love to give…it is literally overflowing from within and coming out of every pore in my body”. The last time I felt that was when I was “on fire” for the Lord, doing work for the Lord.
How does God show me He loves me? The Healing at the Pool on the Sabbath 5:5-9 One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, take your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. –He heals me. I am and have been “invalid”, laying and waiting to be healed of this ache. Get up, take your bed, and walk.
Being “invalid”: “[We] lay down and nurse wounds of the past, disappointment and hurts, while some too overwhelmed with the challenges, fall off to sleep wallowing in self pity”
Get up, take your bed, and walk:
The call to action means having faith and trust in God and getting rid of every dead weight and hindrances that are besetting us and preventing us from walking and embracing God’s gifts and callings for us.
- Inwardly die to self – outwardly the mat would always tempt us as the easiest thing to do but inwardly, we must die to self. What God has called us to is far bigger and greater than what we can handle. We must trust God to work out His plan.
- Get rid of your excuses – if God called you to it, trust Him to bring you through it. He will equip you and give you the strength you need to get the job done.
- Never get yourself bogged down with religion and tradition. Eventually they become strongholds that’s even harder to get rid of. Have faith in God.
- Leave behind old perceptions and deceptions. The enemy would rather not see the plan of God fulfilled in your life.
- Get rid of habits and attitudes that are self-serving and is out of alignment with the will and plan of God.
- Disconnect from your old passe’ [tribe], your old culture, and even family members so that you push for what you believe [values and morals]
- Get up and do something productive that will allow you to put your gifts and talents to good use.
Hi, I came across your blog as I was researching what it meant to “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” I am at that place you once were. I was called to be a doctor (D.O.) for the Lord, and the whole process has overwhelmed me. Along with the toxic mixture of fear and laziness, I found myself literally laying in bed all day and just feeding depression with temporary means. I developed an ache for self expression because I was losing myself. I guess I’m at that point now, where I need to redefine/know myself again. I know that we all desire to know and truly be known in return, and if I am to live my purpose for the purpose of the Lord (as I claim), then the person for me to know is God. I started with the Book of John which revealed a deeper understanding of the familiar stories of the Woman of Samaria and the Healing at the Pool. Anyway, thank you for sharing your testimony. It acted as validation, confirmation, and affirmation.