“Getting to know you
Getting to know all about you”
The lyrics from the classic Hammerstein and Rodgers song “Getting to Know You” can be a way to look at discipleship and the growing relationship between a Christian and God.
“…if you become a teacher, By your pupils you’ll be taught.”
Getting to know someone takes time and effort. When David and I started dating, I was still very new to America. I used many Australian slang words, like boot (trunk), bonnet (hood), ta (thanks), and biccy (cookie). Different slang words would come up in regular conversation and David would give me a confused look. I would need to take time to explain what I meant. It made for some entertaining times.
The confusion was mostly because David didn’t know me very well. Therefore, he didn’t understand me like he does now that we have been married almost 18 years.
Even though we both speak “English” we found we had different words and phrases that our spouse didn’t quite understand. To be honest, this still happens on occasion even all these years later.
“When I am with you, Getting to know what to say”
As a new Christian, you may not understand all that God is saying because you don’t really KNOW Him. The more time you spend reading God’s Word (the Bible) and talking to Him (prayer), the more you will truly know Him. God wants a real relationship with you, and that takes time and effort on your part.
God already knows you completely. Luke 12:7 tells us that the “very hairs on your head are all numbered.” Psalm 139:4 &16 says “You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”
Now THAT is knowing someone!
Don’t just have a social media kind of relationship with God where you browse around occasionally without any kind of commitment. Any real and lasting relationship requires quality time together.
Here are a few ideas to help you know God better
- Be actively involved with your local church Yes, there is no perfect church. However, by being around other Christians, you can learn from their successes and failures.
- Spend time in His Word We live in a remarkable time where we are able to read and study the message God has for us. Not all generations or cultures have had that luxury. Take advantage of this.
- Spend time with Him Prayer is such a powerful tool. There are so many ways to connect with God. Play around with various options. Find what works best for you to help you connect to Him.
The adventure of a life lived with God is AMAZING! In fact, so much that you should not want to live it alone. You want to bring others into it and be around others who know Him well. We would love to encourage you in this journey. Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have or even if you just need a little encouragement!