How well do you know Jesus?

I think about this often, and I always come to the same realization. I don’t know Jesus anywhere near as well as I would like to know him. The desire is there, but life gets in the way. There are times when I seem to be making great progress, and other times when I wonder if I know him at all.

But I always arrive back at the same inspiring and haunting idea: If there is one person that we should each get to know in a deeply personal way, it is Jesus – the carpenter from Nazareth, the itinerant preacher, the Son of God, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, the Lamb of God, the new Adam, the Messiah, the Alpha and the Omega, the Chosen One, the Light of the World, the God-Man who wants good things for us more than we want them for ourselves, the healer of our souls.

The best time to rediscover Jesus is right now. You are holding this book in your hand at this very moment for a reason. I don’t know what God has in store for you, but I am excited for you. There are some questions that we all ask ourselves in different ways: Who am I? Who is God? What am I here for? What matters most? What matters least? What are my unique talents and abilities? What will my contribution be?

We discover the answers to these questions most completely by encountering Jesus. He longs to help us discover deeply personal answers to our deeply personal questions.


God's Ways and Man's Ways

If you started reading on Ash Wednesday, you should be to chapter 33 this Sunday. God has a better way of doing things. Most people experience the world as cruel, harsh, mean, merciless and uncompassionate. Why? God's ways are not man's ways and all to often the ways of man rule the world. Jesus invites us to change that. He envisions a world that is lovingly directed by God's ways. How we see other people and the world is at the core of the human experience. The Gospel equips us with a new lens. This is the Jesus effect. It changes our priorities, and by elevating them, it transforms the way we live and who we become. What is one practical example of how God is inviting you to let go of your way and open yourself to His way?