Thursday; 3rd May, 2018
Reference text: John 14:6-14
John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
What became ‘usual’ over the last few years are the statements of shock and surprise whenever the perpetrators of a crime are revealed, with family and friends on many occasions, referring to them as the ‘best’ and the ‘sweetest’. This isn’t done out of pretence or for the sake of sarcasm, but because that is their ‘truth’.
Therefore, even though it may appear exaggerated, a version of today’s text renders the verse: What! I have been with you for so long and yet you do not know me? We can picture the look of surprise on Jesus’ face as he made these remarks to Philip who was the addressee here. However, that look couldn’t be as crucial as the content of His words.
We may be of the view that we know all about someone until we are asked about them, then we come to the realisation of how little we actually know. Sweetheart, knowing requires more than just a one off encounter or a single conversation- it demands an intentional process of spending time together and also asking questions. It hardly comes by as a passive thing, but is often the fruit of actively seeking out.
This may not be far off from us because we could also be with Jesus for a very long time, yet end up in the shoes of Philip – actually knowing nothing. This should be applicable also not just in our relationship with God, but with others. Let us desire to know them beyond the usual one-off encounters and beyond the very obvious, because that way, we will be better placed to understand and appreciate them.
Remember # effort is required to ‘know’ anyone.