So, for the last few weeks I took a fast of all unnecessary Internet and Media (allowing for important emails and things like paying my bills online). During my time away, I spent some time thinking about my website and what I was feeling led to do with it.
In that process I decided to rename my blog from jayseidle.com – a blog about me and discipleship, to a knownofhim.com – a blog about me learning what it means to be known by him and encourage others in that process.
1 Corinthians 8:31 Corinthians 8:3
English: World English Bible - WEB
3 But if any man love God, the same is known of him.
WP-Bible pluginclose says, ‘but if any man love God, the same is known of Him.’ When I read this verse, I immediately thought of the parable of the ‘Good Tree’ in Matthew 7 – the good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit; neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good.
Jesus then follows: ‘Not everyone that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that does the will of my Father….Many will say to me… have we not prophesied in your name? or cast out devils? or these other great works?
Jesus says, “And then will I profess unto them,
I….. Never….. Knew….. You
depart from me, you that work iniquity.
What’s the charge? not that I was jerk that day, or those times I viewed pornography, or coveted my neighbors junk, or got jealous of those who do evil! Nope. He didn’t know me. I never sought him, or talked or listened to him. Oh, I was doing stuff, good stuff, religious stuff – mom would have been proud.
But did he know me? Is not this our chief aim, to know and to love Him? And for me to be loved by and known by Him? To sit at his feet, to hear his voice, to find the satisfaction of my heart and soul in him as opposed to everything else.
Shaun Groves’ ‘Welcome Home’ lyrics put it the best. “Take a seat; pull up a chair. Forgive me for the disrepair – souvenirs from floor to ceiling I’ve gathered on my search for meaning. And every closets filled with clutter; messes yet to be discovered – I’m overwhelmed, I understand, I can’t make this place all that you can.
Anyway… tangent – so back to the blog – it’s a journey of me, of you, seeking, through his grace, him – to know and to be known. It is my desire that somehow it might be an encouragement for you seek and to know him, but best of all to be known by him.