I have recently discovered something: I don’t know Jesus.
Before you freak out let me explain…
I know Him. I love Him. He is my Savior, my Redeemer, and my Counselor.
He saved me, gives me an abundance of daily grace, and pours more love on me then I deserve.
But personally I don’t think I know Him because if I did, I think He would be more evident in my life. If I truly did know Him I believe my life, my actions, and my words would be a little more like His own. And currently, I can’t always say that this is the case.
I know that as a missionary there is no excuse for me to not personally know Jesus who sent me here to Haiti in the first place. And don’t get me wrong, I know Him some. I’ve read all His teachings and I entrusted my life to Him years ago. He commissioned me to Haiti, to the CHCH, and I know Him to be the writer of my life narrative. But despite all this, I haven’t become like Him. I haven’t learned to think like Him, teach like Him, or love like Him. And although I know that will never happen- me being like Him and all- I think that I need to at least try and mirror image His character.
Once I realized this void in my life- not knowing Jesus enough to be like Him, I became so thirsty for Him. And the more I found myself putting off this knowledge of Him, the more I noticed myself becoming dissatisfied, bitter, untrustworthy, and more unlike Him than ever before.
Anyway, the book I plan on reading first is called Simply Jesus by N.T. Wright. Now despite the fact that almost ½ of my Bible professors at Lipscomb recommended N.T. Wright’s work I, for whatever reason, have not got around to purchasing any of his books until now and I couldn’t be more excited to dive into this one.
I don’t claim to know much about this book yet seeing that I have only just finished the Preface. What I can tell you is that it is about Jesus (go figure, huh?) and how Christians are to live out and communicate His mission and purpose to others in this day and age- or likewise-myself.
And since currently that is the only detail I have to share about this book, I am suggesting you read the following interview on Frank Viola’s website. He recently had an opportunity to interview N.T. Wright on Simply Jesus and for anyone of you considering reading it yourself this article just might sway you to purchase it today! Check it out http://frankviola.org/2012/01/23/ntwright.
As I read and learn I hope to share. My mission to know Jesus and be filled with more of His Spirit and to be more in His likeness has officially begun. Who wants to join me?