A story was once told of a man who went into an old church every day during his lunch break. When he entered the church, he went to the first pew, kneeled, and prayed. The only thing he was heard to say was, “Hello Jesus, this is John. I just came to tell you I love you.” Thus he did for many months. One day he did not come. The next day and the next passed, and the minister became concerned that something was wrong with the man. So he went to John's workplace to find out if he were all right.
It turned out that John had suffered a terrible accident and was in the hospital. The minister went to visit John. John's room was bright with an aura of freshness unlike any of the other hospital rooms. Though John's body was broken, his face and eyes shone wonderfully. John was glad to see the minister. He wanted to share that Jesus had been with him, and that Jesus had come to visit him every day he had been in the hospital. The minister asked, “What did He say to you, John?” The man replied that Jesus said, “Hello John, this is Jesus. I just came to let you know I love you.”
We need to know our Jesus in a personal way. One may know about the Lord through other people, through going to church, or through reading the Bible, but knowing about the Lord is not the same as truly knowing the Lord. All who will come to
heaven must come through our Lord Jesus Christ. You must meet the Lord through faith, calling upon Him, and He must meet
you and adopt you. The Bible tells us that God gives us power to be His children. He makes us born again to make us aware of the Kingdom of Heaven. It is His desire that we know Him.
Once we are His children, we have a relationship in which He leads and guides us in all that we do. We learn how to serve God. Jesus tells us that we are His friends if we do whatsoever He commands us. “Henceforth I call you not servants, for the
servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends for all things that I have heard of my Father, I have made known unto you.” Ephesians refers to the Lord's relation to the Church (not the building, but you and me) as a husband and wife relationship. It states that Christ loved the church and gave himself for it that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish so we can be part of his body: “For we are members of his body, of his flesh and of his bones.”
Paul prayed for us to have a relationship with God. He prayed that we would have the mind of Christ; that we would grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that we would know Him in His suffering. He prayed that Christ may dwell in our hearts by faith, and that we may be able to comprehend and know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that we might be filled with all the fullness of God. We must know Jesus in such a way that we are completely His. We must know Him in such a way that we may sit at His feet and rest on His breast. We must be His beloved. We must be known of Him.