Dec 5, 2010

the main business

‘What were we made for? To know God. What aim should we set ourselves in life? To know God. What is the ‘eternal life’ that Jesus gives? Knowledge of God. ‘This is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent’ (John 17:3). What is the best thing in life, bringing more joy, delight, and contentment, than anything else? Knowledge of God. ‘Thus saith the LORD, Let no the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches; but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knowth me’ (Jer. 9:23f.).What, of all the states God ever sees man in, gives Him most pleasure? Knowledge of Himself. ‘I desire…the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings,’ says God (Hos.6:6).

In these few sentences we have said a great deal. Our point is one to which every Christian heart will warm, though the person whose religion is merely formal will not be moved by it. (And by this very fact his unregenerate state may be known.) What we have said provides at once a foundation, shape, and goal for our lives, plus a principle of priorities and a scale of values. Once you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life’s problems fall into place of their own accord.’

Jim Packer, Knowing God

1 Comment

  • Neil,
    I love this. I reading Knowing God before I disappear to Sandhurst.
    I will enjoy reading your thoughts and perusings of literature whilst away.
    Thank you for always being faithful and living your faith where others can see. Please don’t EVER stop.

    God bless you

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