Good Morning all!
God has been so good to us and we have been so busy and many things that he has put our hand to, but I am so thankful this morning to be back at the computer doing a teaching! One of the areas God has really had us focused on is walking in the fullness of all God has for us in our personal relationship with Him! Some times as christians we focus on helping people know who God is and how much He loves them. That is what the gospel is about, right? Knowing God is very important and knowing His word is life changing! But as with any relationship, God does not want it to be a one-sided relationship, He wants to KNOW you!
As I study this, this morning my heart is heavy, for I believe there are those people out there that think they are living a life for Christ, but at that day, he will say I do not know you! I can’t imagine that happeneing and feel such an urgent need to tell people to run into His presence and spend time with your Lord and Savior, get to KNOW him and allow Him to KNOW you.
John 17:2-4 (New King James Version)
2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should[a] give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.
Eternal life is KNOWING the only true God! This was Jesus desire for us in the prayer he prayed before he gave his life for us.
Matthew 7:21-25 (New King James Version)
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!’
This is an urgent call to Christians to examine our hearts and our ways… Are we outwardly portraying ourselves as Chrisitans, but not really living in the will of God?? If we are not DOING the WILL OF GOD. we will not enter in the kingdom of Heaven, no matter what other things we may be doing….
The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
1 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
6 “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming;[a] go out to meet him!’ 7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour[b] in which the Son of Man is coming.
Are we walking in the perfect will of God, are we prepared for his arrival? The time is coming when the door will be shut, what side of the door will you be on?
Luke 13:24-30 (New King James Version)
24 “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
The narrow gate is doing the will of God.
25 When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ 26 then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ 27 But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’ 28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out. 29 They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God. 30 And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last.”
My heart this morning for all of us to KNOW God and to be KNOWN by God. It is a relationship, not just a works mentality.He wants us to love him with all our hearts, mind and soul and to love our neighbors as ourselves. This is where he separated the sheep from the goats. The time is coming very soon where the door will be shut, lets make sure we KNOW God and are KNOWN by Him and that we are doing His will by loving Him and loving others.
God Bless you!