There’s a passage in the Bible (Matthew 7:21 ff) where Jesus is talking about a sad scene from heaven.
The picture is this: people coming before God and telling Him about all the great things they have done for Him. And His response will be to say, “go away, I never knew you.”
It got me thinking.
A close second on the saddest events of that time will be this: I arrive in heaven and God allows me in. He even says, “I know you.” And I realize as He speaks that I don’t recognize His voice. I don’t know Him.
Some would say that it isn’t possible but I don’t know.
If it’s possible to prophesy, cast out demons, do mighty works in God’s name and still end up in hell, all because we never really had a relationship with Him. Then I think it’s possible to have entered into a relationship but allowed the voice of fear, the voice of the world, the voice of condemnation and shame, my own voice to be so loud, so dominant, that I never really listened to Him.
I want to be one that hears His slightest whisper, that seeks His voice in every situation, that stops long enough, is quiet long enough for Him to speak.
And it’s going to come down to the choices I make today.
The best scene will be Him saying, “I know you.” And me falling in His arms and saying, “Hi dad!”
Like I just got home.