Knowing someone means to be familiar with their traits and preferences. When the disciples were questioned about their Master being at a gathering of tax collectors, Jesus spoke up and said:

“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” – Matthew 9:12-13 NKJV

Jesus is quoting words given by God to the prophet Hosea concerning Israel’s refusal to repent and be faithful to Him:

“For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.” – Hosea 6:6 NKJV

Walking with God is about knowing Him. Through reading His word and listening to His voice, we learn His ways and He transforms us into Christ’s image day-by-day. Jesus’ meal at Matthew’s house was casual and conversational. They didn’t all become followers, but those who did chose to follow a Person, not a cause. How about you? Are you listening for His voice and learning His ways? Does the scripture seem alive and personal? Hopefully so, but if not, make that your prayer today.

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