Get to Know Your Creator
by Rick Warren
“The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way …. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively!” (2 Corinthians 6:12-13 MSG)
This time of year, we all have many important tasks to get done. We’ve got year-end reports to write. We have holiday meals to plan. And, of course, we have gifts to buy.
But you have something much more important to focus on this Christmas: developing a personal and growing relationship with Jesus.
Why should you get to know Jesus better? There are at least two very important reasons.
First of all, Jesus made you. The Bible says, “Before anything else existed, there was Christ, with God. He has always been alive and is himself God. He created everything there is — nothing exists that he didn’t make. Eternal life is in him, and this life gives light to all mankind” (John 1:1-4 TLB).
You have the opportunity to not just meet the Creator of the universe but also to meetyour Creator. You’ve heard people say, “When in doubt, consult the manual.” Knowing Jesus is even better. If you want to know how to get the most out of life, why not get to know the One who created you?
Secondly, Jesus opens up your heart to enjoy a life of purpose, peace, and power. A relationship with Jesus secures your place in Heaven, but it does more than that. God promises a life of purpose, peace, and power to all who know him.
Knowing Jesus in a personal way changes everything about how you live. Purpose, power, and peace are just the beginning of what God wants to give you in this life.
Unfortunately, most people are living in such a tiny, insignificant way because they’ve filled their lives with meaningless activity.
As Christmas approaches this year, think of the innkeeper who didn’t make room for Jesus on the first Christmas. His actions didn’t keep Jesus from being born. His actions didn’t stop God’s purpose in history. It just hurt the innkeeper. He missed the privilege of housing the Son of God at his birth.
The same is true for you. If you don’t take the time to get to know Jesus, you miss the opportunity to know your Creator. You miss the opportunity to have the purpose, peace, and power that only comes through God’s Son. You miss his purpose for your life if you never make room for him.
Talk It Over
- How can knowing the One who made you impact how you live your life?
- In what specific areas of your life do you want God’s power, peace, and purpose?
- What are the meaningless activities you fill your time with that keep you from getting to know your Creator better?
Jesus is the Preeminent One
He is Number One
No one compares with Him
No one is as faithful as Him.
No one is as powerful as Him
No one is as majestic as Him.
In Him is life- Superabundant Life-
Zoe, the God-kind of life.
He gives meaning to one’s living.
In Him we live, move and have our being.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, col1:15-19
3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, Heb.1:3