A few years ago, an incredible Bible teacher taught me to read the Word in a new way.
He said one day he realized he could fall out of love with Jesus overnight. So every morning, he would open his Bible and say, “Jesus I need you to tell me that you love me. Show me how you love me through what I am reading today.”
And then he would
This was a little awkward for me at first and took some time to get the hang of, but it has been absolutely transforming for the way I read the Bible. It is amazing to start listening for Jesus and listing the intimate ways in which He loves you. It has made my relationship with Him deeper and even more personal.
Truly God’s Word is a love letter to His people and if you take the time and listen in your heart His love speaks between lines of scripture.
I love the idea behind the meaning of eternal life expressed in this verse …
“Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” John 17:3 (NIV)
“You put him (Christ) in charge of everything human so he might give real and eternal life to all in his charge. And this is the real and eternal life: that they know you, the one and only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you sent.” John 17:3 (the message)
“And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.” John 17:3 (NLT)
And then I write “Jesus tell me that you love me” at the top of my journal.
I love you because…
I sent someone for you … in the form of my Son and other believers to love you to myself … to relationship with Me.
I did this because I want you to know Me.
know … to be aware of; have developed a relationship with; be absolutely certain of something; have personal experience of; recognize; to understand.
Knowing Me is where you find eternal life.
eternal … lasting; existing forever; without end; valid for all time; essentially unchanging.
Knowing Me is where you find real life.
real … actually existing; genuine; authentic; true and complete; not artificial or imagined.
I want you to experience real life and eternal life which begins by knowing Me and My Son.
This is the kind of life I offer to you in relationship with Me.
Perhaps it is a word or sometimes it is a full phrase but I promise you can
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will opened for you.” Luke 11:7
Because He Speaks.