I want your loyalty, not your sacrifices.
I want you to know me, not to give me burnt offerings. Hosea 6:6 GWT
And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. John 17:3 NLT
Have you ever had a thought that left such an imprint on your mind that you just couldn’t let it go? That is what happened with me with our first verse here.
My eyes were drawn to the first six words of that second sentence: “I want you to know me …”
I’ve often sat with my Bible clutched against my chest and just poured out my heart with a Niagara Falls of tears streaming down my face … begging GOD to reveal Himself to me in my darkest moments. Those are the moments no one else knows about. Those are the moments when in the prayer closet of my soul I am face down in full surrender. Those are the wilderness moments, Sister. Can you relate?
When after trying to ‘perfect my service’ to Him … I still fall short. After comparing my futile attempts to those whose results seem to flow effortlessly and flawless. At the end of the day, feeling defeated and deflated, wishing I could just curl up in a ball like those rolly polly bugs in the blades of grass … to fade away into soil and be forgotten. Because sometimes it just seems that to be forgotten would be better than remembered as a failure.
And yet … GOD in His mercy and compassion … impresses into my heart … repeatedly, “I want you to know me …”
All the forced rhythms in my head don’t lead me to the calm and peace of His presence. All the creative ways of sharing the Gospel and praying with others aren’t at the top of His ‘want’ list for me. Yes, those are all great things. But He says …
“I want you to know me …”
To know Him …
To have a relationship with Him to the point that there is no separation between the spiritual aspect of me and the natural aspect of me. To experience GOD in such a way that the two entities of my persona are united to live out the supernatural. Does that makes sense?
Holy communion with my Savior, Redeemer, Friend … shows me that He truly is personal. He beckons me to come sit with Him and share my hopes, dreams and aspirations. He invites me to walk with Him so He can protect me from wandering off the path intended to keep me safe — the path that leads to His best for me.
The sweat and tears are not the result of earning His approval, but rather from running the race with persistence and being overwhelmed with joy because of the confidence I have in Him to get me through it. Because there are those valleys … and the mountains don’t have ski-lifts to sail above them …
My desire is to know Him.
To keep yearning and reaching up to Him. To fall into His Arms not just when I’m flat out fatigued and have no other choice, but to run to His Arms to embrace Him — because His love is undeniably indescribable and there is no better place to be. And when I least deserve it (not that I ever do), He still pulls me close and whispers, “I want you to know me.”
Do you want to know Him more, Sister? Come … take Him by the Hand and let Him lead you on a journey that you will want to invite others to join you.
It all begins with prayer. Just ask Him to meet you there. I did. And I do it on a regular basis. You will find that there’s no better place to be. No fancy words needed. No special educational background. No pretty clothes. You don’t even have to redo that messy bun. Come as you are — you’re in the right place.
I love you to Heaven and Back, Girlfriend ~~
LindaRJohnson, TitusTwo Visionary
THIS! Every. Single. Word. This speaks to me in a way I cannot put into words. All I can say is this — I want to fall into His arms, fall into His embrace, REST & be comforted with His mighty healing arms wrapped tightly around me until my world feels safe again …
Thank you, Sis ❤️
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kathygcurry: I’m ecstatic that this spoke to your ❤️ today, Sister. Keep pressing in. Go ahead and fall into those Great Big Strong Arms of His (I know they’ll catch you). We all need to know that we can do this without hesitation. And that is exactly where He meets us. You are deeply loved.
Love this! I struggle with it. Sometimes I get so caught up in trying to check off boxes with this or that, that I forget he never made it complicated. We just have to go to him believing. Period. He doesn’t want us to bring a list of our achievements, but he just wants us 🙂
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Hayley: I think many of us run around with pen in hand checking off as many boxes as possible. But just as you’ve said here: “he never made it complicated.” Just believe. He really does just want us. (((HUGS)))
Beautiful… I have gotten to know Him a lot more lately due to a traumatic life event. Could not have done it without taking every thought captive in Jesus’s name. HIS voice is now the voice in my head!
I now really do ‘know Him’.
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Robin: I’m sorry to hear that you’ve experienced a traumatic life event. But as you’ve declared, it’s often in those hard times that we truly do come to “know Him.” I pray, Sister, that you’ll continue to receive your healing — GOD is doing a marvelous work in your life. He has something extraordinary for you to experience WITH Him. You keep on leaning on Him.
Thank you my friend… I receive your beautiful words and to God be the glory!🧡🙌🧡