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Jesus Knows It All!

Jim Hightower, former Texas agriculture commissioner, once commented on an elected official: "If ignorance ever goes to $40 a barrel, I want drillin' rights on that man's head." While ignorance is a problem for some, there are others who are "know-it-alls," and it doesn't take long to discover that know-it-alls don't know it all at all! But there is One who knows it all without coming across as a "know-it-all." To each of the seven churches of Asia in Revelation 2 and 3, Jesus says, "I know your works. . . ." (2:2, 9, 13, 19; 3:1, 8, 15). He reminds the church at Thyatira that "I am He that searches the minds and hearts" (2:23). The church today would do well to realize Jesus knows it all! He knows our works, and He knows our minds and hearts. He sees and recognizes those who are serving, praying and laboring in His cause and kingdom. Likewise, as at Laodicea, He knows those who are neither cold nor hot (3:15).

Some in the church have cooled off in their work for and worship of the Lord. Jobs, recreation, civic involvement, and even family responsibilities are used as an excuse for not being more actively involved in the church's program of work, activities and worship assemblies. Christians get so caught up in business and busy-ness that they fail to keep Christ and His kingdom first in their lives (Matthew 6:33). Fatigue and discouragement also make it easy to excuse ourselves from spiritual responsibilities.

"I know your works," says Jesus. He knows the work of those who work .... and of those who are not working. He knows the work of those who refuse to make excuses .... and He knows those who regularly excuse themselves from working. Some in the church lightly dismiss themselves from worship services, teaching, visiting, ministering to others on the grounds they work eight or -nine hours a day five or six days a week, or that they are too busy or simply don't feel like teaching a Bible class of heading up a special project. These folks seem to never stop and consider that most of the people who are serving and attending and getting the job done for Jesus also have full schedules, heavy workloads, busy lives, and sometimes tired bodies and minds! The difference? One group carries the cross while the other attends and serves and gets involved only when it is convenient.

I don't know your situation, and I certainly don't know what kind of work and how much work you should be doing for the Lord. But Jesus knows, my friends, Jesus knows. To the workers Jesus says, "I know." To the shirkers Jesus says, "I know." Jesus knows it all. Do you know that Jesus knows?

Smithville church of Christ
Dan Gulley