I think a lot of the time we have the wrong idea, at least I know that I do. Sometimes I think that the best way to please God, to have a meaningful life that will leave a mark for eternity, to be the best kind of Christian there is, is to work in the ministry, or a non-profit, volunteer time, work in a church, be a person who does good for others in Jesus name.
But we come to the verse that says 21“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. 22Many 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?’23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ (Matthew 7 NIV Italics mine)
We spend too much of our focus on doing and not enough on knowing.
It’s interesting that God didn’t know these people who were doing so much for him and in his name. How is it that we are known by someone? People can know all about me, and I about them, but we don’t know each other, truly, unless we spend time together, having a two-way conversation.
lf one loves God, one is known by him.’ (l Cor 8:3; RSV)
How do we love someone unless we spend time with them, getting to know them?
That our lives would have meaning for God and his kingdom have very little to do with our vocation, the amount of good works we do, or the causes we stand up for. If we really want to live for God and please Him, we need to spend more time knowing and being known then we do “doing”.