Knowing God vs. Knowing About God: The Heart of True Worship
Rebekka McLawhorn·September 02, 2023
In today’s rapidly changing world, filled with shifting values and ever-evolving technology, one constant remains: our inherent desire to connect with something greater than ourselves. This eternal quest often leads many to seek knowledge about God. However, as profound and important as this knowledge might be, there is a significant difference between knowing about God and truly knowing Him.
For many, religion can become a series of rituals – attending church, singing hymns, participating incallings. While these practices can be essential for spiritual nourishment, they can sometimes become just routine, devoid of the deeper connection for which our souls yearn. It’s much like reading about a famous individual and feeling that you know them when, in reality, you only know of their deeds and sayings.
Knowing about God is a cerebral exercise. We can recount stories from holy scriptures, list His attributes, and even defend doctrines. But true knowledge of God, the kind that transforms lives and hearts, goes beyond intellectual understanding. It dives deep into personal experience and intimate connection.
The difference is akin to the distinction between attending church and truly worshiping therein. One can go through the motions, sing the songs, and listen to the sermons, but if the heart remains untouched, the profound spiritual connection is missing. In essence, one becomes like the biblical figure who looks in the mirror and immediately forgets what he looks like (James 1:23-24).
True worship, in its purest form, is not just about external actions but internal transformation. It's about approaching the Almighty with an open heart, ready to be molded, ready to listen, and ready to act. When we allow ourselves to be enveloped in God’s love and guidance, we don't just know about Him; we become intimately acquainted with Him.
Consider the promise given in Jeremiah 24:7, "And I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.” Here, the heart plays a pivotal role. The Lord doesn’t just want us to recognize Him; He yearns for a deep, heart-based relationship with each of us.
So, how do we move from knowing about God to genuinely knowing Him? How do we transition from mere church attendance to true worship?
Seek Personal Revelation:Make time daily for personal prayer and scripture study. In those quiet moments, you will find Him whispering to your soul, guiding, and comforting you.
Serve Others:Service helps us emulate Christ, and in the process, draw nearer to Him. As we serve, we not only see God’s hand in our lives but become His hands on earth.
Sincere Repentance:Regular self-reflection and sincere repentance clear the path to deeper communion with the Divine. Repentance is not just about feeling guilty; it's about returning to God's embrace.
Value Sacraments:As we partake of sacred sacraments, let’s do so with a focused heart, recognizing their symbolism and significance in connecting us with our Savior.
While knowledge about God lays a foundation, a transformative relationship with Him constructs the edifice of eternal joy. As we continue in our spiritual journeys, may we strive not just for knowledge but for a profound connection, not just for routine but for deep-rooted worship. For in knowing God, not just about Him, we find the true essence of eternal life.