“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he 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 perform many miracles?’ then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” (Matthews 7:21-23)
Anyone who knows me knows that I love my grandchildren all the way to the moon and back! Several years back I got sick, so sick that I missed church on Sunday which is rare, unless I am away on vacation, which is also rare. I was so sick that I stayed in bed for four days. Due to my illness there was a change in plans. Grandkids could not be picked up for church nor spend the remainder of the day after church with us. The following Sunday my daughter dropped the grandkids off at church and as I walked into church, I was taken aback by shrieks of laughter and squeals of joy by one happy little boy. My grandson who had seen me enter the church from a distance was running fast as he could to greet me, laughing and crying out my name all the way. With the enthusiasm of a gopher in soft dirt, he lunged at me, wrapped his small arms around my legs and exclaimed, “Gaga, I almost forgot your face”!
I don’t know about you but I want to know God and be known by Him. I want my face to be so up in His business, that never will I have to worry that He might one day say to me “I don’t know you!” “I forgot your face!” I most certainly do not want to forget Him! Yet, If I am not intentional in my relationship with Him I could find myself saying, “God I’ve forgotten your face!” May it never be so!
Today I choose once again to recall His face, His love, His grace as I walk and live in His presence.
Today I choose once again to recall my heavenly Father’s zealous, passionate, sacrificial and faithful love for me. Perfect love that covered Himself in the filth of my sin so I could live in His presence and His presence live in me. Amazing grace that paid a debt He did not owe so that I could receive an inheritance I did not deserve nor earn. Wow!
Today I choose once again to clothe myself in my honeymoon garments, pull out the wedding pictures and read over and over again of His purposeful love letters to me.
Today I choose once again to remember the vow of commitment I made many years ago on the day I said I do to my God.
I Kathy, promise to love and serve you Lord with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my mind and with all my oomph! For better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, forsaking all others, till I walk into Your sweet presence or until You come again. Today I choose You first, surrender my all to you completely just as I did 20 years ago and have done each and every day since the day you captured my heart with your amazing love.
Jesus loves me this I know!
Jesus knows me, this I love!