Go Away, I don’t know you

While reading the Bible I came upon the scripture in Luke 12:27, where people will be at the gate saying I did all this stuff for you and the Lord will say go away; I don’t know you. 

Who are these people? When one accepts Christ as their personal Savior, they become a Christian. But what if Christ never becomes the Lord of their life — being first before desires, ambitions, lusts, habits, and so on, what happens?

I get a picture of a large gym fully stocked with top of the line equipment made to strengthen and build a strong, fit body. Along the walls are big overstuffed sofas and inviting easy chairs. The person who accepts Christ but never makes Him Lord of their life is like someone who goes to that gym regularly and lounges in those big chairs for an hour, then afterwards they meet up with their friends and say, “Yeah, I go to the gym five times a week!”

Their friends might look at them and not want to mention that they are wasting their time because that gym hasn’t benefitted them. They are out of shape, still living the life they lived before, because they don’t want to discipline themselves.

I get it, discipline can often mean sacrifice and maybe that’s uncomfortable, but the rewards are so amazing! And according to Matthew 7:16, others will recognize us by our fruit.

Missing Jesus

Over the years I’ve read stories and seen Christmas movies in which they inevitably find a missing baby Jesus. (One year in my own home Jesus was missing from the nativity set. We eventually located Him in bubble wrap.)

One morning as my husband and I snuggled on the love-seat reading the Bible together, I got to thinking about that missing Jesus.

“You know that’s not the first time Jesus has gone missing,” I said, totally off the topic we were reading. “Jesus went missing as a child and his frantic parents retraced their steps to find him — in his Father’s house. Where else?” (Luke 2:42-46.) I must note that I find it interesting that he’d been missing for three days.

Jesus went missing after healing a man on the Sabbath. (John 5:1-13)

Jesus also went missing when an angry crowd intended to do him harm. (Luke 4:28)

And let’s not forget the big one when Jesus went missing again — from the tomb. (Where he had been for three days.) (Luke 20:2)

It seems Jesus has a record of missing, yet He said if we want to find Him, all we have to do is seek Him. (Luke 11:9)

My pondering and the discussion with my husband about Jesus missing brought me to a question. Can people find Jesus in me? In how I speak, in how I conduct myself, in how I love others? Or would they say Jesus has gone missing again? I prayed that Jesus’ presence would always be clear in my life and that it would draw others to Him through me.

This fall my husband had a surgery that went well, but nine days later he ended up in the hospital with complications. In two months they hospitalized him three times, ran many scans, tests, procedures, and he ended up with a raging infection. Through this period our prayer was that we would walk with grace and glorify God — no matter what. At one point we both thought he might not have another day on the earth, but he pulled through. The big thing we had to focus on — we know God is with us no matter our circumstances. We know He has a plan for us. And we know He loves us.

We desire to live in a way that examples that love, and to share it with those He sends into our lives, whether it be a neighbor or even a medical care provider. We want to point people to Jesus.