God is the creator of all…but only the father to some. Check out Matthew 7:21-23 and you’ll see what I mean.
“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. Many 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?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
A few years ago, before I read that particular passage I used to think that if a person accepted Christ as their personal Savior then boom—they’d get into Heaven. Never mind if they lived a terrible life after that, because Christ was the key.
Then I read that passage—Jesus’ words, direct from Him to His disciples, and I couldn’t have been more wrong.
If that passage doesn’t scare you into taking Him seriously, I doubt anything else will. It implies that Heaven is not equal or even offered to everyone. It implies that a relationship with God can be vastly different from one person to the next.
Here’s another analogy to put it into perspective…
The world has a tendency to follow athletes or celebrities like they know them intimately. Some even worship them as their own personal idols. But just because you know more sports stats or more history about a famous person than that celebrity can often recall, does that mean that they know YOU?
If you were to show up at a celebrity’s house and knock on their front door, would they let you in, recognize you, or show their face to you, even if you claimed to be their biggest fan?
Jesus isn’t looking for fans. He’s looking for followers.
This week, ask yourself—am I living my life in such a way that He would truly be able to recognize me in the crowd of fans and call me out as His child?