I used to think my greatest fear was spiders. Them and other creepy crawlies are a real fear of mine, however, not my greatest fear.
I used to think it was heights, but a trip to the top of the Sears Tower in Chicago years ago and a few airplane rides took care of that one.
Then I thought it was having an unhealthy child.
Well, I got that one in the form of a severe Congenital Heart Defect and yet, here I am with a smile on my face daily and people constantly telling me they don’t know how I do “it”. As if I have some magical power that grants me the ability to control my emotions and turn them from sorrow to happiness.
The reason I am able to remain strong during all of that is born out of my greatest, and I mean deepest fear.
In Matthew chapter 7 verses 21-23 Jesus says,
Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven,
but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will
say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord have we not prophesied in Your
name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders
in Your name? And then I will declare to them,
‘I never knew you; depart from Me,
you who practice lawlessness!”
It is one thing to know and believe Jesus exists, it is another to know Him and be in a relationship with Him.
If at the end of my lifetime Jesus says to me, “Depart from me, I never knew you”, there’s no redemption from that. There’s no do-overs. No more chances for repentance.
Spending my eternal life in Hell isn’t my greatest fear, it’s Jesus telling me He never knew me. I will take any torment Satan had to offer if I disappointed Jesus like so. There is nothing that will pain me more than those words.
We have got to stop taking our salvation so casually.
Jesus wants a relationship with us, not just to see us every Sunday morning or to only come to Him when we need something.
He wants to talk with us daily. He wants to be there for us when things are going great and rejoice with us, and He wants to be the first one we go to when life takes a stab at us, and He wants to be there for all the in betweens.
There is nothing you can suffer here on earth that is too much for Him to handle. I thought there was nothing He could do for me or my son when we first started on our heart journey, and I was wrong. He’s already gone before me. He’s already gone before you!
There’s nothing that He does not know. He cannot be surprised by anything you tell Him. There’s no wound he cannot heal and no sin he cannot cleanse.
Every single moment in our lives is working toward our eternal life. Good and bad. They are working towards our eternity. It can be an unhealthy child, infertility, a broken marriage, death of a spouse, you name it. All those atrocities are devastating, there’s no denying that, but they are our stepping-stones toward where we spend our eternity.
We can be standing in front of Him at any second. I can be standing in front of Him before I even finish this blog post.
We need to be obedient. We need to read His Word everyday.
Get alone with your Bible.
We need to zealously and fervently seek a relationship with Him.
We need to follow Him.
I PROMISE you, it is worth it.
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