The Greatest Obstacle to Knowing Christ

Stan Mast

READ : John 3:16-21

Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. (v. 20 NIV)

The greatest obstacle to knowing Christ better is not ignorance, but willfulness. To know Christ better you don’t just need more knowledge, though more facts are always good. The fact is that you simply can’t grow in your knowledge of Christ if you keep resisting God’s will. Indeed, if we “will not come into the light” of the truth about Christ, all the facts in the world won’t help (v. 20).

The Jewish leaders and the crowds mobbing Jesus had already seen Jesus’ miracles and heard his teaching. They had the facts before them, but they were deeply resistant to Jesus’ authority. They had their own way of thinking and living, and they had no intention of changing their ways for him.

It’s very much like a marriage. I can have a perfectly legal relationship with my wife because we had a wedding, but if I stop trying to please her after the first year of marriage, our relationship will stop growing. If I settle into who I am and what I want, I won’t grow in my knowledge of her. There will always be something between us—my willfulness, a focus on me that won’t allow me to focus on her.

This is the first preliminary to knowing Christ better—not that we become perfect, but that we decide (again and again) to put God’s will over our own.


“Mold me and make me after thy will” (Pollard). Amen.