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

Avoiding Willful Defiance

Even Christians can behave badly. And the Bible acknowledges that a believer can walk away from Jesus all together. To treat God with this kind of contempt is a terrible act of defiance. In the fourth of five warnings in the book of Hebrews, the author tells us about...

The Danger of Falling Away

Salvation is guaranteed the moment one believes Jesus for it. But becoming a Christian never guarantees that we’ll live like one. Spiritual maturity is not automatic. It requires diligent engagement with Jesus if we hope to change and grow. In the third of five...

Beware of Your Unbelief

Even Christians can be people of unbelief. Given tempting circumstances, we might cave under pressure and cease to follow God wholeheartedly. This certainly was the case with the children of Israel who took a major detour of unbelief while on their journey to the land...

Pay Careful Attention

Like other people, there’s a chance you have entertained thoughts about returning to an easier, more comfortable way of life—one that pushes God aside. When the pressure is on, even Christians can become disillusioned with following Jesus. The book of Hebrews is...

Raised Forever

Easter is the celebration of all celebrations! Jesus Christ has conquered sin and death and is raised to life. The resurrection of Jesus is not some legend that has been passed down through the ages meant to give us an excuse for another holiday. In Easter we see the...