This is a letter I received from a mentor and friend.
“I was having lunch with a friend Wednesday and it was a rich time. As he was sharing about his experience with the Lord over the last several months, there was an incredible sense in me that he ‘got it’”.
The discipleship ministry I work with “typically talk about what they are doing to advance the kingdom (who their man is, who they are meeting with) and the academics of the study of the Bible and the disciplines of the Christian life (quiet time, prayer, scripture memory, fellowship, etc.).”
“My friend was talking about his relationship with Jesus. He was talking about hearing the voice of the Lord, growing in relationship, enjoying walking with the Lord in life. It was deeply encouraging.”
“I love the gospel of John. There are definitions in John that you don’t find elsewhere. Like what it means to be a disciple, how you do it. Jesus defines eternal life in John 17:3. ‘This is eternal life, that they might know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.’”
“The Christian life is a relationship with God, with Jesus”
“It is not knowledge about. It is not primarily academic.”
“Everyone involved in a relationship with a member of the opposite sex, hoping for marriage understands innately John 17:3. They want their lives to be intertwined. They want to share life together and walk together in relationship all of their days.”
“We lean towards the academic and we tend to think that the more bible knowledge you have, the more spiritual you are. We think, ‘If I just had my master’s degree or a doctorate or maybe two…then I would have arrived.’”
“By all means spend time in the Word. But do it to hear the voice of Jesus and walk with Him.”