Last night he read a scripture that will not leave me alone. Matt. 7:21-23. This is the passage that talks about someone saying they DID all these things for the Lord, but then He replies back, "Away from me, I never knew you." I will come back to that!
I had a conversation with a friend not too long ago about her salvation. She had been to our church and was just not sure about the way we did things and the need to say a prayer and all that. I know the scripture states that we have to confess with our mouths and believe in our hearts then we will be saved. She was telling me that she does believe - confessing with her mouth - and she knows that Jesus is the Son of God and she believes that and all, but it just didn't sit well with me. Some may think it is not my place to know if it sits well or not..... but still, it was confusing to her and i would say... didn't sit well with her either.
So then after hearing this scripture last night I began to wonder. "I never knew you." keeps echoing in my mind for my friend. Lord God knows us, after all, He created us. But to know us only the way the Father does can only begin with us after our confession. He "opens" the door or better yet is knocking on our heart's door to start that relationship, but we have to be the one to answer and invite that relationship to be started and then to grow.
"Know" in this passage is to know, come to know, experience... But again this can only be done after we have taken the step, even if it is responding to all His nudges or Holy pushes, to know Him first. He loves us and already loves us first, but He will not push Himself on us. We have to do the inviting!
So that leads me to my next thoughts - a person that says they know Jesus and believe in Him and all - do they know Him..... well, I mean, are they KNOWN by Him? How do we know? Do we have to say that sinners prayer like the Southern Baptist Church says? Let's see...
According to this scripture -
1) Words will not save you. To just say you believe and then have no heart change - not good. Words are not enough. According to Romans 10:10 we have to confess and believe.
2)Works will not save you - to just do good things, be a good person, want to have a good heart and so therefore living a good life - it will not save you!! Must be a heart change!
3) There must be a genuine relationship. This is something that I don't believe anyone can tell you whether your relationship is genuine. Yes, we on the outside can look for fruit, but you have to know in your heart. Again, there is a heart issue and you will know.
4) A genuine relationship or a real relationship with the Lord will result in following God's will. You will grow in your desire to know Him more. You will grow in your desire to be in fellowship with other believers. You will make your profession known to man - whomever that may be. You will want and seek to know what His plan is for your life and your DAY. You will begin to realize what your other options were and as result of that you will grow in your desire to tell others!
I think that when there are a ton of questions in one's heart then there may not have been a time that a person truly came to KNOW Him. It is not so much about what one does on the outside............... anyone can go thru the motions...............but it is what one knows has happened on the inside.
You may know Him, But the most important thing - Does He really KNOW you?