Nothing is as important as knowing Jesus Christ, because Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. There is no other way to have eternal life but to follow and obey Jesus Christ, and we have to know Him in order to follow Him. He has to know us in order for us to enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus warned that He will say to many people on the day that they die:”Go away, I never knew you.”
Nothing is more important for us than to know Jesus Christ and to know Him intimately, and for Him to know us. The Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians chapter 3 verse 7-11:” But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as a loss for the sake of Christ. More than that. I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith. That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His suffering, being conformed to His death, in order that I might attain to the resurrection from the death.” That is the desire of Paul, as he expressed it
in his letter to the Philippians, to know Jesus Christ. If we know Jesus Christ, then we obey Him. He justifies those who obey His words, who live in close communion and close obedience to Him. His sheep hear His voice, they listen to Him and they follow Him. He gives His Holy Spirit in those who obey Him. He comes and dwells in them and He guides them step-by-step, because they know Him. They follow Him because they love Him and they remain in Him, they stay in obedience to Jesus, so that they can bear fruit for His kingdom.
There is nothing as important as knowing Jesus Christ. We might know about Jesus from the testimony of other people, we can study the Bible. We can read the words of Jesus in the gospels and we can know about Him, but we only get to know Him if we obey Him, if we obey the gospel of Jesus Christ, His words, if we obey what He commanded; repent and be baptized. Turn away from sin, turn to Jesus. Seek Him with all our heart, then he will come and dwell in us, and He will guide us. He will teach us. He will always be with us, but we have to stay with Him. We have to know Him for real.
Knowing the Bible, obeying the law, the law of Moses (Torah), that will not save us, it is the righteousness that comes from obeying Jesus Christ and walking with Him daily. Paul was a righteous man according to the Law. He was a Pharisee, blameless according to the Law of Moses but He realized that that could not save him. He realized that he had to live in total commitment and obedience to Jesus Christ, and therefore he called himself a bond servant of Christ. He voluntarily served Jesus Christ. He gave up everything, even his life, to follow Jesus Christ. We might know the Bible. We might know the words of Jesus, we might know spiritual people or children of God, but if we do not know Jesus, and if we do not follow Him, then we are heading for destruction.
Nothing is more important for us, than to know Jesus Christ and to be known by Him. If we seek Him with all our heart, we will find Him. He will reveal Himself to us. If we seek His guidance, He will guide us, because He cares for us, but if we keep on shunning Him, pushing Him away, ignoring Him, then we will not enter His kingdom. We have to walk with Jesus day by day. Our relationship with Him must be real. Nothing can be more important than knowing Jesus, following Him, being with Him, listening to Him and and going with Him every step of the way until the very end. Nobody else can do it for us. We have to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, because if we are away from Jesus, we have a reason to fear.
Just believing in Jesus will not save us. We have to know Him and obey Him, be pleasing to Him, and He has to approve of us. Do we truly know Jesus? Do we follow Him and obey Him every day. There is no other way to have eternal life. We have no hope if we do not have Jesus. We have to follow Jesus and stay with Him until the very end.
Do you know Jesus and does He know you? Will He invite you into His kingdom or will He show you away on the day that you die? Seek Jesus today and every day until the very end. Stay with Him, or else you have no hope for eternity, only a certain expectation of damnation. Seek Jesus and follow Him until the very end.
May Jesus bless you.