Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Does He Know You?

Does He know You?

21) “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
22) “Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
23) “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
Matthew 7:21-23

Not what you want to hear right?  This set of verses always stops me in my tracks.  This passage of scripture is not easily skimmed over to meet my scripture quota for the day.  These three little verses that say so much pack a powerful punch!  I personally couldn’t wrap my head around the concept of exercising spiritual gifts like prophecy or the gift of healing or teaching people about salvation…doing it all in Jesus name and then to hear Him say ‘I never knew you’.  How could that even be possible?  I began to reflect on this and realized how easy it could actually be.

 Romans 11:29 clearly says, ‘For the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.’ This means that if God gives you a spiritual gift such as the gift of prophecy and you fall into sin which separates you from God, your gift remains intact even if you don’t have a good relationship with Him and are not following His ways or walking in His will.  He is not going to take the gift back.  There are many laws that operate whether we understand them or not.  This is true for physical laws like the law of gravity as well as spiritual laws like the law of sowing and reaping.  Our ignorance of the law and how it operates doesn’t dampen the effectiveness of the law. These laws apply to everyone whether you have a relationship with the Lord or not.

There is no fault in the mighty name of Jesus.  It is perfect.  There may be fault with us and our imperfectness.  People will be saved, delivered, and set free by the power of His name. We draw on the power of His name and many wondrous deeds are accomplished but it is not because of anything we tried to do. It is all God’s doing.  We can go through the motions without any real relationship and fool some of the people some of the time and even fool ourselves but we can’t fool God.

Jesus died so that God could open His heart to all of us and in fact gain many sons.  We are not mere servants that do all in His name but don’t know Him personally. We are obedient sons that do all His will and have access to His very heart.  We are joint heirs with Christ and children of the most high God who have every right to be in the know.  God tells us Himself to ask, seek, and knock.  He so wants to be known by His children.  So let’s be “in the know”.  Let’s not perish for a lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6a).  Let’s take the time to know Him through the knowledge of His word and better yet be known by Him through relationship.

Be blessed!

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