Getting to know God ranks high on the list of life’s most meaningful quests. God has revealed Himself to us. He is knowable. And we can grow to know Him in deeper and deeper ways. But our knowledge of God is always connected to the knowledge of ourselves. As we get to know God, we get to know ourselves. It’s impossible to learn about God in a vacuum. We naturally see ourselves more profoundly as we journey to discover more about God.

Discussion Questions

1. Many people are on a quest to “find themselves” or to experience fulfillment. Why is finding God indispensable to that process of self-discovery?

In His prayer in John 17:3, Jesus gives us insight into knowing God. How does He describe eternal life? How is eternal life more than the duration of time?

Read Philippians 3:7-10. What do you notice about Paul’s desire to “know” Jesus? How would you describe your desire to know Christ?

Take time to read the entire chapter of Psalm 139. What do you learn about the connection between knowing yourself and knowing your God?

The possibility for self-deception is enormous. How do you maintain an accurate assessment of your gifts and your desires? How can you ensure that you are investing your life in things that really matter?

Further Reading

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