“Do you know Jesus?”
This seems to be the most popular cliché in Christianity today. Very many times, I’ve had people come up to me and ask that same question, so much that at times I feel it’s just rhetorical. This is because the answer is the same. Same thing goes for so many people I know.
Imagine if I go to the White House today and when I get there I just say to the guards, “Hey, I want to see President Barack Obama, I know him”. What do you think? Is that going to move the guards or even get me in at all? No, of course! But what if while standing there Obama calls out my name and he goes like; “Fola! Is that you? Please let him in, I know him” Now tell me, am I going to get in or not? Yes you’re right! I’m going straight in.
That was an analogy just to give an idea of what is probably going to happen at the Pearly gates (or perhaps it already happens). Today’s Christian seems to be satisfied with mediocrity. The devil has succeeded in convincing many to believe the falsehood that they can gain passage into Heaven on their own terms.
It’s very funny to me to hear the response some people give when they are asked to explain what makes them a Christian. You could hear something like this: “Well, I came out when the altar call was made, I did all I was asked, prayed all the necessary prayers and stuff. Now I read the Bible (once in a while) and I pray too. I am going to Heaven”. However, this is the same person that still does the same stuff just as before. Affections haven’t changed at all. Perhaps the person’s morality improves but is that enough?
Please do not get me wrong, I’m not saying any of the “salvation procedures” are wrong but there is a need for us to stop giving the impression that it is enough. I believe that “salvation is by faith alone” and faith in Jesus. But what does faith in Jesus mean? Doesn’t it mean believing Him completely? Why then do we only obey in part? Seems as if we involve Jesus only when we want to whereas we should submit wholly to Him to use us as He pleases.
Not everyone 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. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock… Matthew 7:21-24
This is something very serious. It is a matter of life and death. Realizing that my very wonderful works would be insufficient sends cold chills down my spine. Then I ask myself, am I doing the will of the Father? Or am I just doing “my thing”?
Finally, I’d like to say that coming to know Jesus is a very vital and crucial step but it certainly isn’t the end. Jesus calls us to “walk with Him”. Only then would He know us, which is even far greater, sweeter and better. So then I ask:
Does Jesus know you?
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