Have you ever felt like you knew someone so well, and yet were so distant? You hear about the married couple that, once all of their kids grow up and move out, find themselves with nothing to talk about because in all of their parenting the marital relationship was neglected. Or what about the co-worker who you see day in and day out, probably more then you see your own family, but you know nothing about who they truly are, what drives them, and what they are passionate about. For all the means we have to connect with others, we remain decisively disconnected from each other.
And we were created by a relational God to be relational. Though we have lost our way, Jesus provides for us the example in John 1. “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us,” or to put it more directly, “God became man and moved in next door.” God desired a relationship with us, and being separated from us, because of our sin, was not acceptable to Him. And so He stepped into our world and did something about it.
However, His desire was not for geographical closeness with man. Relational closeness was His aim. The God of the Universe, who could have commanded our loyalty if He so chose, wants so desperately to be invited in. He left His place at the side of the Father in heaven in order to take up residence in the crummy studio apartments of our lives, to show us what unconditional love is, to restore our relationship with our Creator, and demonstrate for us how to have impactful relationships with others.
We aren’t meant to know about Jesus, we are meant to know Him. If all you ever about Jesus is what you hear in church, on the radio, and even in the Bible, but you don’t KNOW Him, you will never experience the passion and purpose of the ZOE life He has for you. And when your life comes to end, you will be one of the sad souls that reach eternity and meet Jesus face-to-face, only to hear Him say, “I’m sorry, have we met?”
Don’t treat Jesus like someone else to keep at arms length. Know Him today. He’s moving into your neighborhood. Maybe it’s time you invited Him over.