I’m stuck with how best to word this post, to say what I want to say, because it’s hard to write. But I need to, because time is running lower and soon it will be gone.
I think a lot of people miss the point of what Jesus desires with us. What is this all about? To be slaves to an all powerful God? Forever paying him homage because of his omnipotence? A lot of people might fire back, ‘No of course not were his children. We’re his bride.’ Do you live like that though? Does your heart truly, from the depths, perceive God in that capacity? Who are you really?
Jesus dealt with this in Matthew 7. I’m going to post the passage at the end, because I want you to read it for yourself and see how your heart reacts. High level, he says at the end some people, people we might perceive as being very religious, will come to him and say, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and cast out demons in your name and do mighty works in your name?” And Jesus looks back at them and says, “I never knew you.”
Eternal life is not built on anything, anything other than intimacy with Jesus. Do you think great works will bring you into Heaven? Or reading the Word dligently? No. John 5:39,40,
I don’t think you need a PhD in Greek linguistics to decode what Jesus is saying here. He doesn’t care about lipservice. Your good works mean nothing. He wants you. He doesn’t want anything else but you. Right before Jesus made this bold statement, he was talking about wolves in sheep’s clothing, about watching out for false prophets, people who have fake works. Whose hearts never wanted Jesus in the first place. All they wanted was the praise, the feel good feelings from helping others, but when they died, their entire story was about themselves, it had little to do with Jesus! Fakes! Get away from me Jesus says!! You don’t know me, you never wanted me! I died for you and I would have been your everything, I was going to marry you, I was going to give you the keys to the Kingdom of God as your inheritance and you made me 2nd place, or 10th place in your life! I hate you! I hate you! Get away from me! I never knew you! I have forgotten who you are. I have moved on! You are dead to me!! You’re nothing to me!!!
You have all the tools in your life now to determine if this applies to you. You know. If you are a believer and you are lukewarm, you know the Spirit inside telling you to pursue him like a starving man running after his last meal. If you aren’t a believer, but are faking, people around you might not know, but you do. You have the power right now to change your choices. So change your choice. Make him first.
This is all in our hands. We choose who are our priorities. What is God to you? Is he your first? Or is he anything less than that? Exodus 34:14 says Jesus is a jealous God, there is no second place in this relationship. It’s literally all or nothing.
You choose. You know deep down in your heart what your choice is. You choose. Because Jesus has already said how he will react if you choose him, or if you choose him as anything less than first in your life.