Recently I heard about one of our former presidents who seemed to know everyone of importance wherever he went. This reminded me of a story about Mark Twain, who was traveling in Europe with his daughter. No matter what city they visited, Mark Twain was honored by royalty and by well-known artists and scientists. Near the end of their journey, his daughter said to him, “Papa, you know everybody but God, don’t you?”
Now, I don’t know how Mark Twain responded. But I do know that it is possible to have scores of influential friends and associate with famous people and yet not know God. How tragic it is for a person to be acquainted with leaders in government and commerce but to miss having a vital relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ! No matter who we know, we remain spiritually outcasts; unless we know “the only true God.” That’s why the gospel writer implied that life is worthless for the person who gains “the whole world” – and that includes prestige and fame – but losses his soul in the process (Mark 8:36).
Perhaps you aren’t acquainted with the famous or the wealthy. Never mind. If you know Jesus as your Savior, you know the most important Person of all. He’s a Friend who will never fail or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). But if you don’t know Him, you’re missing a relationship with “the only true God, and Jesus Christ” whom He has sent. He’s the One to know! – Paul R. Van Gorder
What a wonderful Friend is my Jesus
Who bore all my grief on the tree,
Yet I know I can never repay Him
For all that He suffered for me. – H. G. Bosch
In salvation, “it’s who you know“ that counts.
- June 10, 1987, Our Daily Bread