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Knowing Christ ~ the difference between head and heart knowledge

My husband and very best friend
My husband and very best friend
Amy Torres

“But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. But, indeed, I also count all things loss for the excellence of then knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish that I may gain Christ, and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith, that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection…” Philippians 3:7-10a

My husband and I recently returned from a brief trip to Utah. We were there for a memorial service for a dear aunt who has gone on to the Lord. While our primary visit was for the service, our goal was to have as many heart felt conversations with family members, as we were able. Although most profess to be Christians, there is some confusion as to what it means to know Jesus Christ. I had a wonderful opportunity to explore the difference between head knowledge and heart knowledge with several of them over the time we were there.

In looking at what it means to know Christ, I often use the analogy of knowing who someone is, and having a personal relationship with him or her. For instance, I know who the President is, but I don’t have a personal relationship with him. I am aware of many things that he does, but still, the knowledge is limited. Then there’s the relationship I have with my husband. I know him personally and intimately. Even though I may not know what he is doing every minute of the day, I know his heart and his character and I have complete trust in him. Our relationship is built on an active pursuit of behaving towards one another with love and trust, and treating the other, as we desire to be treated. It isn’t just head knowledge of him, but heart knowledge. Again, I know him because I know his heart and his character. We are not only husband and wife, but also best friends.

When talking with others about the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, I try not to let denominational differences define how someone knows Him, but rather what they are doing to pursue an active relationship with Him. It has been my experience that those who truly KNOW Him, don’t need to be prompted to continue their pursuit. You see, He is the very best friend anyone could every want to have and He is simply waiting for any all who will accept His friendship.

So when thinking about this, is your relationship with Him head or heart knowledge?
It’s a good question to explore and define.