“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!’ - Matthew 7:21-23
This scripture could seem like a contradiction. But it’s not. In fact, in this Scripture are two VERY important messages:
- Only those that DO the will of the Father will enter into the Kingdom.
- Only those that KNOW Jesus (intimately) will be welcomed into His presence.
Some elevate one practice above the other, intimacy or obedience, but both are crucial for the believer. We must live a lifestyle of both doing HIS word and knowing THE Word (Jesus). We’ve been focused for the last month on DOING the words of Jesus, but today, we’re going to take time out to get with Jesus and find this place of intimacy with Him.
Take 30 minutes today and find a quiet place to get alone where you can have a conversation with the Lord. Just like you would a friend. When you get alone, begin by talking to the Lord. Tell Him you love Him and pour out your heart to Him in worship. Just you and Him, no music, no frills, nothing.
Then, as you would anyone you know and love, tell Him what you are thinking, tell Him what you have been feeling, any fears you may be having or any struggles you are currently experiencing. Repent or ask forgiveness for where you have neglected Him in your life... Ask Him for help in overcoming any challenges and then... WAIT.
With any friendship there is talking and there is listening. Work in some listening and waiting time with Jesus. You’ve said your piece, now let Him speak back to you. Get relaxed and allow yourself to EXPERIENCE His Presence.
This is what being friends with God looks like. Let it become your LIFESTYLE.