Know Jesus

Matthew 7:21-23  (NIV)  “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’  Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

Do you know Him?  Jesus makes it pretty clear…His desire is to have a relationship with us, not just to be a subject for us to study!  If He was simply just a good teacher, a man who did some great things in history, He has no business claiming to be Savior of the World, and He died unnecessarily!  But, If He is who He said He is, then why in the world would we not want to know Him and be known by Him…and why wouldn’t we want to share Him with everyone we interact with daily?  It is impossible to truly know Jesus and not make Him known to those around you!  A personal faith, one that doesn’t manifest itself in our words and actions, is simply no faith at all.  James 2:14-26 has some incredibly clear teaching on this subject of faith and actions – it’s not our actions that gain us faith or salvation, it is our faith that manifests itself in our actions and behaviors!  You cannot have one without the other!

When we develop a deep friendship, or a deep love for a significant other, we have come to know that person at a level beyond just casual acquaintance…we know their passions, desires, likes, dislikes; we anticipate their reaction to certain circumstances and we love them whole-heartedly for who they are, not just what they do.  This is the kind of “knowing” Jesus speaks of here.  Anyone can be a history scholar and learn about what Jesus did and even what He said, but it takes someone seeking a relationship with Him to really know Him – someone who hears about Him, learns about Him, decides He is who He said He is, trusts Him as their Savior, and makes Him Lord of their entire life.  Do YOU know Him?

It’s heartbreaking to know that many of the people all around us who say they are “Christians” will spend eternity separated from God – that separation we speak of is just a nicer way of saying spending eternity in Hell.  Is there a greater way to describe Hell than separation from God?  So many of these “Christians” may have said a prayer they really didn’t understand or believe, and someone misled them to believe they had a passport to heaven.  Nothing could be further from the Truth!  I believe Satan has used this trick to draw many people away from God and into his very own deceiving grip.  You see, saying a prayer doesn’t make you a follower of Jesus any more than barking makes you a dog.  The term “Christian” has lost so much of its meaning because almost 80% of Americans claim to be Christians, yet they are deceived.

So, have you placed your faith in Jesus, believing He paid the debt for your sin by dying on a cross, only to be raised from death so that we can live with Him for eternity – a living Savior worthy of our love?  Have you made Him Lord of your life, giving Him access to everything in your life – relationships, money, habits, career?  If yes, you cannot keep this to yourselves.  Once you come in contact with the risen Savior, Lord and King, you will look, act and talk different than before.  You will become more loving, more compassionate, more honest, more generous…more like Him!  You cannot receive Jesus into your life and look the same as you did before – you will be different!  And if you look the same as you did before Jesus, you may need to ensure you have made Jesus both Savior and Lord…odds are if you look like the rest of the world, on that final day, He will say to you those words that should make us all tremble – I never knew you!  Away from me you evildoer!

I feel Jesus is simply saying this: “Knowing Me trumps knowing about Me every time!”  So let me ask you again…do you KNOW Him?

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