Do You Really Know God?
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. .” -Matt 7:21-23 (KJV)
A sobering title for today’s message indeed, yet the question begs to be answered in your life and mine and that is do we really know Him? Or do we just think we do? Many people today that are called Christians and go through the actions are really not; they don’t know who the Lord is. They go to church, sing songs and even raise their hands but do they really know the Creator God? I see and hear of many who attend church and make it a point to be there every Sunday but how do they live the rest of the week? Do they pray daily, read their Bibles daily, confess and repent of their sin daily or do they just think about these things and never put any feet to their belief.
“For many are called, but few are chosen.” -Matt 22:14 (KJV)
In our culture and society God Almighty and Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son are fading fast from our lives. In America, He has been kicked out of almost every facet of our lives – public and private. We no longer need Him as our society has replaced Him with the gods of wealth, prosperity and artificial happiness. In other once Godly nations, His name is all but forgotten. In America, we have all the characteristics of all the seven churches described in Revelation chapters 2 and 3. Most churches today have the name of God on them but inside, the people just go through the [ritual] motion, the Sunday ritual, and the word of God is not there – therefore, the people are spiritually dead. If they were alive in Christ many sinners would be coming to the knowledge of God at every service. You see many shall be called but Jesus said that only a few (little or small) would be chosen. These are extremely sobering words.
Do we just go through the motions of knowing and servicing God?
Another question for us is do we just go through the motions of believing in God, perhaps so other people will see us. But our hearts, our minds, and our souls do not personally know Him? Consider:
- How many times do we make time to read God’s word the Bible, study it and listen to Him speak to us?
- How many times do we seek to know as much as we can about Him?
“For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.” -Hosea 6:6 (ESV)
Think back to the time when you were dating your spouse and all the things that you did to know more about him/her. How many times your heart leaped when you spent time with him/her? And you just wanted to be with him/her all the time. Jesus said to the church of Ephesus (Rev 2:4) that they lost their first love (meaning Christ) and they were to repent. Are today’s churches and people any different? Do the preachers preach only love, mercy, and grace and neglect teaching how to know God through a personal relationship with Him? Do they preach about sin and iniquity? We will never really know God without knowing how sin separates us from Him.
Folks, we must seek the Lord while He may be found and call upon Him daily. We must strive to stay on the narrow road that leads to Him and eternal life (Luke 13:24). This is an everyday journey, shunning evil and amending our ways to serve the living and Holy God.
“Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” -Isa 55:6-7 (KJV)
Consider where you are at right now today in your relationship with the Lord. Know that He may call your name anytime to step into eternity; will you be ready to hear the words “Well done thy good and faithful servant” (Matt 25:23) or will you be ushered into the waiting room of hell (Hades) waiting for the Great White Throne judgment described in Matt 25:31-46 and Rev 20:11-15? And can you say right now while it is today, that you do know Almighty God and you do have a personal relationship with Him? If you don’t know, it’s time for some serious prayer and soul searching. It’s time to examine yourself and see if you are really born again for in 2 Cor 13:5 we are urged to see if we are of the faith.
Please, I urge and encourage you to seek to know Jesus Christ today beloved for there are no guarantees of even our next breath, let alone tomorrow.
“For the word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, even penetrating as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” -Heb 4:12 (NASB)
-BPWatcher, Internet Preacher and Bible Prophecy Watchman