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Come to me.

I believe the Lord is whispering this little phrase to His church.  He burns for deep friendship with His people, a relationship that defines life itself for everyone who calls himself a Christian.  Paul said that his very identity revolved around this one pursuit: that I may know Him (Phil 3:10).  And his goal for the churches was the same: that “we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God” (Eph 4:13).

Jesus said, “This is eternal life, that they may know you, the only God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3).  His call to the church is simply to come to Him, discover more of who He is, and walk out that knowledge in daily life.

So it’s worth doing a heart-check once in a while.  It’s worth asking ourselves some honest questions about the content of our lives.  Are we really increasing in the knowledge of Jesus Christ?  Is every area of our lives focused on the single pursuit of knowing Him?  Or are we just getting by as a “good Christians”?

Pastors and leaders should ask similar questions about their churches.  Is our church maturing in the knowledge of Jesus Christ?  Or are we focused more on hip fads that attract people to our building and programs?  Are my teachings or sermons unveiling Him to those listening?  Or am I just preparing sermons and meeting the demands of people?

All the while He continues to call.  Come to… Me.

To be continued…