Do you know Jesus and does Jesus know you?

True story of the wife of a Filipino-Chinese tycoon visiting a building they own in Metro Manila:

Security Guard: Ma’am, may I see your ID?

Wife: Ako ang may-ari nitong building na ‘to. (I own this building)

Security Guard: Ah, sino po sila ma’am? (Oh and you are?)

Wife: Ako si…(I’m…)

Security Guard: (scratching his head) Ah, ma’am, doon po sa kabilang building ang hinahanap niyo! (Oh, ma’am, you’re looking for the other building!)

The pastor at this new church I checked out (yay, after weeks of procrastinating!) said he read a biography of John Adams. He asked, “Do I know about John Adams?” (Yes) “Do I know him?” (No).

In the same way, we as Christians, are called to examine if we are in the faith. Do we know God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit? (John 14:18-21, Colossians 1:10) Are we becoming more like Jesus? He said that a tree will be known by its fruit. (Matthew 12:33, Matthew 7:17, Matthew 7:20) Are we bearing the fruit of the Spirit? (Galatians 5:22, Luke 13:6, Matthew 3:8, John 15:2, Ephesians 5:9) Or do we go to church on Sunday, but act like the rest of the world Monday-Saturday? (Romans 7:5, Matthew 21:19, Matthew 7:19, Matthew 3:10) When we die, will He say He knows us (Romans 7:4, John 15:5, John 15:8), or will He say “Get away from me, worker of iniquity, I never knew you”? (Matthew 7:21-23) The Bible says that Jesus will say this to people who professed Him as Lord.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1:5-8


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