Jesus told of a day when every person would some day stand before God. It would be time to give account. Matthew 7 records the sobering prophecy. Overly confident people profess their righteousness as result of having “prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.” But the Father replies, “I never KNEW you. Depart from me you who practice lawlessness.”
- These apparently righteousness people perform some pretty impressive feats – prophesying, casting out demons, and working miracles. I don’t know how to explain this, but these things had apparently happened because this is what these people are relying on for their entrance into glory.
- The key to entrance into God’s presence is that He know’s you. Obviously, this means more than containing a certain amount of information or personal knowledge. God already knows everything! What does this really mean?
“To know” in relationship, as Scripture presents it, means much more than just being aware of one another. Knowing someone means to have deep and personal intimacy with someone. In fact, it often refers to sexual activity between two people — as in “Adam knew Eve, and she conceived, and bare Cain…,” Genesis 4:1.
When God talks about knowing us — this essential entity for entering His presence forever — He is talking about being in a deeply personal, trusting, sacrificial, selfless relationship with Him. Nothing else will do. Not even the most impressive of accomplishments.
I challenged our church last Sunday to decide how you will know God better. Yes–it takes the mind. But the greatest challenge in knowing God is the condition of your heart. We MUST be in personal relationship–one that involves your passions, emotions, will, and interests. God cannot be an afterthought or tack on. Not if you really want to know Him…and be known by Him.
How will you come to know God better in the months ahead. God will bless you as you take even the simplest of steps in the right direction.