The One to Know (John 17:3)

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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 famebut 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

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