by Michelle DeRusha
"Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." John 17:3, NIV
Today's Reading: John 17:1-5
What is the key to eternal life?
So what exactly does "knowing" God and Jesus look like in everyday life?
What is one step I can take to come to know God better?
How do we get eternal life? Jesus tells us right here, and it sounds deceptively simple, doesn't it? Know God. Know Jesus. The end. But it's not quite that easy. In reality, truly knowing God and Jesus doesn't just happen--faith isn't simply something we declare and move on. Knowing God requires that we nurture a relationship with Him--a relationship that entails two-way communication, listening, sharing, trusting, and growing together … just like any Earthly relationship we pursue. We all know relationships are work. They require give and take, reciprocity, and the same is true for our relationship with God. The beauty, of course, is that even though it's work to pursue a relationship with God, as we begin to see an inner transformation occur as the result, we will be inspired to continue, digging deeper and deeper into relationship with Him.
Ask for Change: From this day forward, Lord, I will value my relationship with You. And like any relationship I value here on Earth, I will work at deepening it and growing it, following the direction of Your Spirit in me.
Consider What's Real: What's one relationship-building strategy I can work on that will help me strengthen my relationship with God? Is it daily prayer? Reading Scripture four or more times a week? Slowing down as I read the Bible, so that the message is more apt to sink in? Meditating after I read my daily Scripture in order to hear God's specific message for me?
Additional Verses to Consider: Romans 6:19-23, Mark 10:17-27
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