And then I will declare to them,
"I never knew you."

 Matthew 7:23
    How well do you think you know God?  Have you settled for knowing less about God than He wants you to know?                          
    Do the following words penned by Wilbur Reese describe you?

      I would like to buy three dollars worth of God, please. Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just
 enough of Him to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the
 sunshine. I don't want enough of Him to make me love a black
 man or pick beets with a
migrant. I want ecstasy, not
 transformation. I want the warmth of the womb, not a new
 birth. I want a pound of the Eternal in a paper sack,
 please. I would like to buy three dollars worth of God,  please.

 The Church, the body of believers, is only as great as its concept of God. If you sense that your Christian experience is not what it should be, chances are that your problem is that you are not taking time to cultivate your relationship with the God who gave you life.

    After Elvis Presley died, newspapers told of people who had almost made him god of their lives. One young man in Florida actually had plastic surgery to alter his face to look like Elvis. "Presley has been my idol since I was five years
 old," he said. "I have every record he has cut twice over,
 pictures by the thousands, even two leaves from a tree from
 the mansion in Memphis...." But the tragic words of his
 interview fell flat as he confessed at the end, "I never got close to him. I never saw him. I never knew him."

     I wonder if you and I will stand before God on the Day of Judgment and confess:
"I represented You, but I never got close to You.   I never knew You deeply. I was busy about the work of Christianity, without getting to know the Father of it all."

John 14:21
     Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me.  He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.
     Discuss: How intimately do you know God? What does John
 14:21 tell you about what you can do to experience God
 Pray: Ask God to help you to see Him at work around you in everyday life. Ask Him to help you be spiritually responsive to His work in your life.

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