Knowing God

– Thursday, Week 7 of Easter –

‘but I know you and these know that you have sent me’    (John 17:25)

In his insightful book The Pursuit of God A.W. Tozer states: ‘Has it ever occurred to you that a hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are all tuned to each other?  So, one hundred people, each one looking to Christ are, in heart, nearer to each other than they could possibly be if they are trying to work things out between each other.’

Today’s gospel is full of references to the word ‘one’ – meaning total unity with the Father, Son and Spirit and, of course, with each other.  But how will this unity be achieved?  By our own efforts, prayer and good works, as noble and well intentioned as they might be?  The answer lies, I suggest, in John 17:26: ‘the love with which you have loved me may be in them and I in them.’

It is through the love of the Triune God that we will truly ‘know’ God.  And God will be glorified in this ‘knowing’ as St Irenaeus stated, ‘The glory of God is men and women fully alive, and the full life of men and women is knowing God’.

May the ‘tuning fork’ of the Holy Spirit and the love God has for all of us which impels us to love God and others in return, draw us closer and closer to each other in the unity that Jesus desires for us all.

By Michael Bruynesteyn

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