I’ve never been bit by a snake, but I’m more than comfortable with only having a secondhand knowledge of what it must be like to be bitten. Actually, there are plenty of things in life that I only know about through secondhand knowledge, by hearing or reading from those that have experienced things I haven’t, and I’m satisfied with that type of knowledge!

There are other things in life, though, that can only be fully appreciated and known through experience. Love, for example, is much different in experience than in secondhand knowledge. So different, in fact, that it can be incredibly hard to describe! SoJune 23 it is also with knowing God. I can learn, understand, and know through objective, secondhand understanding, but it is vastly different than experiencing God’s presence and work in a subjective and personal way. Once we experience God’s Spirit and activity in our lives, our lives begin to take on a different perspective. And the greater the experience, the greater the change.

This Sunday at 10:30 AM I’ll be talking about the very first part of our Church’s mission statement of “Experience God deeply, follow Jesus closely, and share Him effectively.” In a message entitled “Experience Sought,” I’ll be sharing how we can welcome God’s presence and work in our lives, and open ourselves up to experiencing Him in a more powerful way. There’s more to God than any of us can fully experience or know, and that means there’s no limit to how He can work in and through our lives. With Him, the best is always yet to come!

Grace Received,                                                                                    Joe Payne