Feb 18, 2013

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A Poem To Jesus


Poem To Jesus


Up until now I’ve mainly been sharing posts about loving your neighbors. Today I want to talk about another Love commandment, which is equally important.  And, that is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). This kind of love for God doesn’t just happen overnight. You have to build a relationship with Him. One of the most important things I’ve learned about Christianity is it’s not a religion, it’s a relationship with God. Instead of just knowing of God, you actually know Him for yourself, and that makes all the difference. Here’s a remarkable poem by T.A. Acker entitled “A Poem to Jesus,” which paints a perfect picture of what I’m talking about. Enjoy!


I always knew of you,

but we were not always connected.

I was always taught to pray,

taught to serve God,

taught to attend church.

Yet, somehow along the way,

I equated salvation to perfection,

when essentially, it all comes down

to confession.

I know that you died for my sins,

and from the dead you arose.

Still, there were times that I chose

to follow the crowd more than follow you.


I always knew of you,

but we were not always connected.

I didn’t “get it” back then.

I thought that my life had to be

so aligned that messing up is not

an option.

I used to hear “I will get right when

I get it together,”

but even I had to realize that you were

the glue and that the way to the Father

only comes through You.

Still confusion was more than an illusion.

The scripture would give the rules,

but my life constantly tweaked them –

to whatever felt convenient, felt safe,

and felt justified.

I would talk like I was “all-in”

but my walk I would hide.


I always knew of you,

but we were not always connected.

Saturday night living turned into

Sunday morning praise,

and the older I became,

my mind and spirit screamed for

me to change my ways.

Not to say I was better than anyone else,

I just reached a point where I didn’t know myself.

I still make mistakes,

I still face temptation,

I still have obstacles,

I still have failures and strife.

Yet, to repent with the intent to not repeat,

brought direction and peace to my life.


I always knew of you,

but we were not always connected.

I gave only what I thought was fine,

being more concerned with where

my money was going than doing what was


I had to understand that I give solely

to you, regardless of whose hands

my money travels through.

More worried about bills and my wants,

but you only want a tenth, just so you can

bless me tenfold.

Let the truth be told.

I thank God for new warmth in my heart

and soul, and for what the water represented

even if it was cold.

I know that I will never be able to say enough,

quote enough, give enough, or do enough

to be “worthy” of your blessings.

To look back at when I just knew of you,

and to see where I exist now with you

for you, and because of you – it’s worth

learning all of those lessons.

T.A. Acker ©2012

Love the poem?! Well, this and many other phenomenal poems can be found in T.A. Acker’s book, “The Maturity Factor II: Moments & Mindsets.” Click here to visit his website. **G.I.G.**

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