(I wrote the following article for Think Magazine and as Bill Davies says, “Bon Appétit.”
“To know, know, know, him is to love, love, love him. Just to see his smile, makes my life worthwhile. To know, know, know, him is to love, love, love him and I do, and I do, and I do…” I was a young child when this song was written by Phil Spector and first released by the Teddy Bears in the Fifties. He wrote the song from the words written on his father’s tombstone, “To know him is to love him.” Many artists have sung their own rendition of it. When you examine the history of the song I don’t think you would say that it was written with one’s relationship with God in mind but the sentiment fits.
I was bitten by God’s love bug in my early twenties. Some even wondered if I had joined a cult. Others questioned me and thought I had become a fanatic. When I decided to enter the ministry I was really labeled a radical! Love is that powerful, especially the love of God and I have been under His love spell over the past five decades. Once I tasted the sweetness of the Savior’s love there was no turning back. My early studies led me to know that He was the real deal and my continued studies have only confirmed the undeniable truth about Him. I think of my relationship with Jesus in the same way that I think of my relationship with my wife. The first time I saw her I knew she was the one for me and after five decades our love has only blossomed into a beautiful union.
Someone has written, “Love encompasses a vast arrange of strong and positive emotions and mental states. They vary from the most sublime virtues or habits to the deepest interpersonal affections, to the simplest pleasures.” Knowing love should stir our desire for the one we love. We should want to be together with them and be willing to lay down our life for one another. John 15:13
I treasure my relationship with Jesus in the same way that I treasure my relationship with my wife. As He has loved me I will love Him, “For better or worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health.” The big difference in the relationship I have with Jesus is that it will never end, it will only get better and better in eternity! The song, “The Rose” speaks of love being a hunger and endless aching need. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” When we know and love Jesus we will dine on the bread of life and drink from the living water regularly, Matthew 5:6; John 6:35.
When we come to know that Jesus is, “The Holy One of God” we will want to proclaim Him. Our love for Him will refuse to be silenced when it comes to preaching the good news about Him, John 6:28; Acts 4:18-20.
We will also be driven to live for Him just as Paul who said, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20.
In closing I would like to recommend that you read the Song of Songs and be blessed by the romantic love that our Savior longs to have with all us who will come to know and love Him. I will caution you though that you might find yourself blushing at the intimacy recorded in this inspired book. Isn’t that what our relationships with Jesus should become, intimate! We should want to kiss Him with praise from our lips. We should want to sit with Him on love’s seat and as we hold His nail scarred hands be reminded of the love He has for us. We should want to enter with Him into His Father’s house and dwell there forever. We should want to walk and talk with Him in the garden of prayer. We should want to hold Him tight in our embrace just like Mary when she saw Him after His resurrection. We Should gather around His table and remember His death until He comes. We should long to see our King in all His beauty and rejoice because His love has reached us, 1 Timothy 1:12-17; 2 Timothy 4:7-8.
About the author:
Don and his wife Brenda have been married 48 years. They have two married sons Jason/Crista and Nicholas/Heather and four grandsons Luke, Ryker, Blake and Drew. Don is a graduate of the Gateway School of Preaching, Fairview Heights, IL, the Bristol Roads School of Biblical Studies, Flint, MI and he has a bachelor’s degree in religious education from Michigan Christian College. He has been preaching since 1979. He has preached at Pacific, MO; Howell, MI; Arnold, MO; Festus, MO; Dexter, MO; and De Soto, MO where he has served since 2007. He also serves the congregation as one of the elders. Don has done campaigns and meetings in several states and mission work in Cuba, India, and Jamaica. Don refers to himself as a “Minister” because he loves ministering to others and helping them learn about Jesus and growing in their relationship with Him.