Matthew 7: 21-23
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”
I called up someone the other night whom I have never called and only see occasionally. This was our conversation…
Me: “Hey Barbie, this is Kelly”
B: “Kelly, Kelly who?”
Me: “Kelly Davis”
B: “I don’t know you.”
Me: “yes Barbie you do…”
B: more emphatically, “I DON’T KNOW YOU…”
Me: “I am pastor Frank’s wife…”
B: “OHHH, Mrs. Kelly. I am so sorry…”
We laughed and continued our conversation… then this morning the Lord spoke to me… How many there will be when they see Me…
Person: “Hey Jesus…”
Jesus: “I don’t know you.”
Person: “Sure you do, I preached in Your name, I taught Sunday School in Your name, I did good deeds in Your name, I sang in the choir, I was a member of so and so church for 50 years!!! I fed the homeless and gave money to those in need….”
Jesus: “I DON’T KNOW YOU.”
You see there is a huge difference in between knowing someone and having a relationship with them. I can know the President but I don’t have a relationship w/ the President. I could even know someone in my church, or work or social circles and they could know me but if we don’t communicate often, share our lives together and have regular contact we won’t have a very good relationship.
Jesus knows who you are, you are guaranteed that… He made you. So naturally, He would know you. He longs for you to know Him. If you know of Him but don’t KNOW Him then you are missing the boat.
Secondly, it says in John 14: 15,” if you love me you will keep my commandments”.
I have to say that there have been times when I have loved better than other times, and there have been times when I have loved myself more than Him.
How is your relationship? Do you long to spend time with Him as you did your spouse in the beginning of the relationship? Do you obey His words? Or have you slipped into I am married, I don’t have to put in the extra effort… He loves me just like I am.
I think if we are honest we can all say we have times in our marriages and in our relationship to our Lord where we don’t put in the extra effort to be close to Him. You can live in the same house without talking and improving your marriage, just as you can be a Christian without striving to improve your relationship with God.
Today I was reminded that in order to remain married I must INVEST in my relationship, just as in order to remain firm in my faith and growing in my Spirit I must INVEST in that relationship as well.
I want to not just KNOW God but to obey Him and have a thriving relationship with Him.
How about you?