Revive Me, Week 41–A Year of Growing Stronger in the Lord
Know the Lord
Jesus said the “great and foremost commandment” is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matt. 22:37). If we love the Lord, we will obey His commandments (John 14:15) and our actions will be saturated by that love (1 John 3:18). But how can we love Him if we don’t know Him? How can our children love Him if they don’t know Him?
To know the Lord, spend time in the gospel of John. John shows us who Jesus is:
- He is the Word (read 1:1)
- He is the Life (read 1:3,4)
- He is the Light (read 1:6-9)
“He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him” (1:10). To know Christ, then, is to receive Him.
- To know the Lord, receive Him as the Word (12:48-50).
“He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day. For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak. I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me.”
2. To know the Lord, receive Him as the Life (11:25,26).
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?'”
3. To know the Lord, receive Him as the Light (8:12).
“Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
Spend time in John this week and get reacquainted with your Lord. Get to know Him as:
- the Miracle Worker, when He turned the water to wine (ch. 2)
- the Healer, when He cured the nobleman’s son, the paralytic, and the blind man (ch. 4,5,9)
- the Provider, when He fed the 5,000 (ch. 6)
- the Bread of Life (6:36) and the Living Water (7:37,38)
- the Supreme Being, when He walked on water and stopped the wind (ch. 6)
- the Compassionate One, when He wept for those He loved (ch. 11)
- the Conqueror of Death, when He raised Lazarus and Himself from the grave (ch. 11,20)
- the Humble Servant, when He washed His disciples feet (ch. 13)
- the Interceder, when He prayed to the Father on our behalf (ch. 17)
- the Sacrificial Lamb, when He gave His life for all mankind (ch. 19)
To know Him is to love Him!
Suggestions for the Week:
- Read through the gospel of John this week.
- List each of the descriptions of Jesus above (Miracle Worker, Healer, etc.) and write down why that should grow your love for Him and how that knowledge impacts you personally.
- Focus on making sure your children/ grandchildren know the Lord. Share those amazing accounts with them this week in your devotional times.
- So many around us have never met the Lord. Introduce a neighbor, friend, or coworker to Jesus this week by sharing something you read in John.
- Choose one verse in John to memorize this week.
Read it. Memorize it. Live it.