How Well Do You Know Jesus?
I have never been a fan of new years resolutions. Maybe it’s just me, but I never seem to be able to complete what I set out to do, so for the past few years I haven’t bothered with them at all - until now. I’ve had this book Rediscover Jesus by Matthew Kelly sitting on my desk for a while and recently decided to crack it open…
I don’t know about any of you, but I could use a new beginning. It’s been a long year for countless reasons and I have been grappling at where to start for this new beginning that I think I need. So, I picked up this amazing book and a short 19 pages in I found my new beginning. Jesus. He is the ultimate new beginning. Matthew Kelly gives many examples of people’s lives Jesus has transformed: Moses, Jonah, David, Joseph, Mary, Peter, and so many others. Why not you and me? With the New Year just beginning, now is as good a time as every to let Jesus transform our hearts and our lives. Where should we start with such a huge undertaking? To be transformed by Him, we must know him and Matthew Kelly’s book Rediscover Jesus is an excellent place to start.
What I love most about this book is that it’s not intimidating. I’m not much of a reader, so when I was asked to write this review I saw it as a daunting task, but soon discovered that it was the exact opposite. The book can be read in order all at once, or out of order across days, weeks or even months. Kelly’s book is filled with incredible insights and probes – all backed up by and rooted in scripture - to get the reader to really examine their relationship with Jesus, and he lays them out for us in a way that is accessible to all readers.
Matthew Kelly shines a light on an important distinction that we all need to be aware of. Knowing about Jesus is not the same as knowing Jesus. We can know everything about the life of Jesus without having a deep, meaningful and personal relationship with Him. Kelly invites his readers to explore three essential questions to guide us on this journey: Who does the world say Jesus is, who do you say Jesus is, and who does Jesus say you are? These profound questions, especially the last one made me ponder for a long time how I am living my life and if it is an accurate reflection of what I profess to believe.
At the end of every chapter there is a set of four headings (Point to Ponder, Verse to Live, Question to Consider and Prayer) that always made me take a step back to reflect upon what I had read. Some of my favorites that will be the focus of my new year’s resolutions are: forgiving those who have wronged me, letting my guard down and whole heartedly trusting in Jesus, being generous not only in material things but also in spirit, making more time for prayer and exploring the Gospels, and finally, paying as much attention to my spiritual life today as I would if I were dying.
These will be my new year’s resolutions, to increase in faith and nurture my spiritual life. I think about this and begin to feel a knot forming in my stomach as it seems that I may have bitten off more than I can chew. However, as I discovered while reading Rediscover Jesus there is nothing that He wants more, and I have confidence that Jesus will give me all the graces I need to do just that.
Back to the opening question of “How well do you know Jesus?”, for me the answer is not as well as I would like. With the help of the Holy Spirit and this amazing book, I can confidently say that I know more about Him now than I did before. Rediscover Jesus isn’t a book that I will read once and have it sit collecting dust on my bookshelf, but one that I will come back to time and time again when I need encouragement, inspiration and knowledge. I pray that each and everyone of you who reads this will be inspired by the Holy Spirit to pick up this book and begin to rediscover Jesus for yourself.
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