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To Know God

Christianity is not just about adhering to a set of doctrines (although it is built on distinctive beliefs), nor is it just about living ethically (although moral choices are encouraged and expected), nor is it just about following a set of religious practices (although taking part in worship services, for example, is important). Christianity is first and foremost about a relationship to God—knowing him truly and personally.

One important distinction surfaces immediately: the difference between knowing about God and knowing God. I know many things about the current president of the United States: his likes and dislikes; his views on important issues; details about his family life, background, and so on. Most of this information has come to me through reading, watching news programs, or talking to people who know more about him than I do. I’ve never met the president or shaken his hand. He doesn’t know my name. He doesn’t know I exist.

How much would I need to learn about the person who leads our country before I could say truthfully that I really know him? before I could say that the two of us have a meaningful personal relationship?

Excerpted from Do I Know God? by Tullian Tchividjian


Daily Reflection: How will you move from knowing about God to actually knowing Him?

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