Thank you for hearing my thoughts on the ‘Back to Basics’ of PRAY, ATTEND, GIVE, INVITE. These are just a few of the ideas we hold as important. In our worship times this weekend, I will be turning our attention on THE most important thing (or rather person)—JESUS .Just Give Me Jesus! That’s not only an important re-focusing statement, but also the title of a book by Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of the late Billy Graham. How in the world did this person of such little pedigree, from a backwater town, in an obscure country, during a dark time make such an impact? This week, I am asking us to take a moment and consider this person, Jesus.
I have been around a bunch of smart folks most of my life. I myself have labored through a B.A., M.Div, D.Min, MSc, and PhD. Cecily too has trudged that path and has her PhD. What we have found out in all that schoolin’ is – the more you know, the more you know you don’t know! As we have drilled down, respectively, in our academic disciplines, we have uncovered some fascinating things and done a bit to contribute to the scholarship of our fields. Nevertheless, we are far from having a comprehensive knowledge. In reality, in the grand scope of knowledge, I know very little.
BUT, I do know some things. And, the most important thing that I know is the title of my message this week, “Jesus Loves Me, This I Know.” I grew up in a Christian home. We went to church every Sunday. One season of life, while I was a still a boy, Momma and Daddy had a spiritual encounter with the Living God and were changed. Our family life of faith became more than just going to church on Sundays; it was a deeper reality. I knew lots of Bible stuff; after all, those were the days of regular Sunday school, Wednesday kid’s club, and learning of all the Bible stories. I understood what I should wear on Sundays. I knew what to do in church services. I sang in the youth choir. I ate ump-teen–hundred church suppers. It was all very nice. I have good memories. But I did not know Jesus. I knew about Him. I understood the story-line of His life. I could repeat most every Bible story. But… I had yet to fall in love with the Savior. That all changed when I met Jesus.
Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. I grew up knowing about Him. When I was 13 years old I met Him and my life has never been the same. I wake up in the morning with Jesus on my mind and He is my last thought before my body rests at night. Jesus is the reason for everything I do and say. I love my Jesus more with each passing day. Though I have failed and fallen countless times, Jesus still loves me and forgives me and lets me try again. I pray that my earthly life would bring honor to the Name of Jesus and I look forward to sitting at His banqueting table and seeing Jesus face-to-face.
It is my prayer that you will know Jesus in such a way that your life is transformed and given newness, meaning, and hope. In my messages this weekend, you will have an opportunity to receive Jesus anew and afresh in your life or to truly encounter Jesus for the very first time. And so, be able to speak at the heart’s depth, “Jesus loves me, this I know.”