Back in early 1996, I was single and living in a small three-bedroom house. At the time I had taken in some Christian brothers that needed some help and I let them stay in the extra bedrooms. I was used to living alone and so, having two other single men living in the house, coming and going all the time, pulling on me for advice and help, had put a serious cramp in my life style. It seemed that I could never find an island of time in my house where I could just be alone with God and enjoy His presence.
I came home from work one day and was almost knocked over by the total silence in my house. No one was home but me! It had been weeks since I had the house all to myself. I remember grabbing my bible, pen and paper as I sat down on the couch. I finally had some peace and quiet and I was going to make the most of it.
I lifted my bible up to God and said “Lord, show me something cool in your Word”. Now, I know that doesn’t sound like the most spiritual of prayers, but I said it in faith and I launched it from my heart. Quite to my surprise, God spoke to me in a strong inward voice. The Lord said to me “Jack, what would you like to know?”
God had not spoken to me that strong and that clear for a long time. This wasn’t just the inward witness, it was so strong it shocked me and took me a little off guard. I got completely still. I was in the presence of God! I knew that at that very moment I could ask God any question about His Word and I would get a clear and definite answer.
What an opportunity! What an honor! For a few seconds my mind was racing through all these big questions that have been argued over by theologians for centuries. (and a bunch of useless questions about alien existence, dinosaurs and how to become rich by tomorrow.) Then this one thought arrested me. (thank God for the Holy Ghost!)I spoke it out even as I thought it, I said “Lord I want you to show me what YOU know I need the most”. I had scarcely finished my request and God spoke to me again in that strong inward voice. He said “1 Corinthians 13”. I began flipping through my bible at light speed and was half way to the verse when it hit me. That’s the love chapter! I smiled and.looked toward heaven and said “you got me.”
The Lord then spoke to me again and told me to get my Amplified bible and read it like I had never seen it before. So I did just that. I slowly began to digest the exhaustive description of love that the Amplified bible gives. I let God speak to me through His word. When I got to the end of the chapter and I was reflecting on how much I lacked in the love department, I was about to close the book and the Lord spoke yet again and said: “Read the next verse”. So I read on to 1 Corinthians 14:1 in the Amplified bible and this is what it said:
1 Corinthians 14:1 EAGERLY PURSUE and seek to acquire [this] love [make it your aim, your great quest];….
I knew that I had heard from heaven that day. God just told me by His Spirit, and through His word, that this was the one thing that I needed to know about the most. Then I realized that love is what we all need the most. It is the New Testament command to all believers.
Although this is something very personal to me, I believe it applies to everyone in the Body of Christ. I am still learning about the subject of love, and particularly how to love God, but I have realized this. Love is the most powerful thing you can acquire. It is the unfailing force that defines Gods character. It is the foundation of our faith. It is the one sure key that will open the door to the supernatural in your life. Love is a person. Love is God Himself!
1 John 4:8 ~ He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
The title of this post is: “The Most Important Thing You Can Ever Know”. That may seem to be a pretty “all-inclusive” statement, but take a look at the verse in 1 John 4:8 again. “He that doesn’t love … doesn’t know God”. Is our knowledge of God, our understanding of Him, tied to how much we know about love, how we express it, how much we walk in it? Look at the commandment we have in the New Testament, I think it answers the question.
Mark 12:29-31 ~ 29And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
I truly believe that the reason we don’t see more signs, miracles and wonders in the church now is because the church is weak and we have such little knowledge and understanding about love, which is God’s nature, His personality, His very being. We have a promise in the book of Daniel that really stirs me up to pursue this love:
Daniel 11:32 ~ Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.
I don’t know about you, but I choose to do exploits! … I choose Love … I choose God!