“The apostle Paul,” Stan began, “reaffirmed to me a very important question this morning.”
“In what way?” I replied.
“In his first letter to the church in Corinth, Paul was addressing the matter of the indwelling Holy Spirit. He wrote four words to the church that pointed out something essential to me.”
“What four words?”
“Paul wrote, ‘Do you not know?’ He was writing specifically about each believer being a temple for the Holy Spirit, but it raised in my mind the whole notion of what do I not know.”
“If you don’t know what you don’t know,” I responded, “how are you going to find out?”
“Ask,” Stan replied. “And I have to do that all of the time. My natural tendency is to think I know a whole lot more than I do, especially about God and His will for me.”
Continuing, he said, “Thankfully God often shows me that I do not know as much as I think I do. If I will ask to be shown, He will show me. It is when I don’t ask, but just go off on my own, that I cease following Him.
“A regular part of my time with God each day is admitting to Him that I do not know what I do not know. I then ask Him to open my spiritual eyes to see what He has for me to see. And to open my spiritual ears to hear all the Holy Spirit has for me to hear. After all, Jesus said that eternal life is all about knowing God the Father and His Son. I am to spend all of the time I have remaining on this side of eternity knowing God the Father and God the Son.”
Continuing, he said, “Why should I wander around not knowing? If I don’t know, my responsibility is to find out. He is more than happy to tell me!”
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16.
And this is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent. John 17:3.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you want me to know you and all that you have for me, not only in eternity when it is time, but on this side of eternity while I wait for the train to glory. I confess that too often I do not make the effort to know. Please forgive me. And please lead me in truly wanting to know you and all you have for me. Lead and help me to follow in pursuing all you have for me. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.