When we are learning about Jesus, we can sort ourselves into different categories of knowing Him. Some categories are not very lively –
If I learn the Scriptures so I can pass catechism or the new members course, I receive a reward from men. If I learn the Scriptures so that I may know Jesus better, I receive a reward from the Book. If I study Him so that I may know myself and the Book and other people better, I receive a reward from Him. I also become a reward to Him.
I will declare the Lord’s decree:
He said to Me, “You are My Son;
today I have become Your Father.
Ask of Me,
and I will make the nations Your inheritance
and the ends of the earth Your possession.
You will break them with a rod of iron;
You will shatter them like pottery.”
So now, kings, be wise;
receive instruction, you judges of the earth.
Serve the Lord with reverential awe,
and rejoice with trembling.
Pay homage to the Son, or He will be angry,
and you will perish in your rebellion,
for His anger may ignite at any moment.
All those who take refuge in Him are happy.
(Psalm 2:7-12 HCSB ©®)