Today I am reminded of a joke I once heard about a woman who had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. While on the operating table, she has a near death experience. During that experience she sees God and asks if this is the end for her. God says no and explains that she has another thirty years to live. Upon her recovery, she decides to stay in the hospital and have a face-life, lip-suction, tummy tuck and on and on. She even has someone change her hair color. She figures since she’s got another thirty years she might as well make the most of them. After the last operation, she walks out of the hospital and is killed by an ambulance speeding by. She arrives in front of God and complains, “I thought you said I had another thirty years!” God replies, ” I didn’t recognize you!”
All that to say is that this joke reminds me of scripture that should lead us to repentance. “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 drive out demons and perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly. I never knew you. Away from me you evildoers! (Matthew 7:21:23)
If you know Him then you will love HIm and if you love Him you will obey Him.
Very seldom does an illness take me down and out, but many years ago I got really sick. So sick that I couldn’t get out of bed for a week. Anyone who knows me would tell you that is sick for me. I felt like I was knocking on heaven’s door:) Due to the illness I had to miss Sunday at church (which I love worshipping with the body of Christ) and spending precious time with my grandbabies afterwards. The following Sunday as I walked into church, I was greeted by the happiest little boy in the world, my grandson Caleb. When he saw me from a distance he began to run at breakneck speed all the while screaming at the top of his lungs, Gaga, Gaga! With the enthusiasm of a gopher in soft dirt, he wrapped his small arms around my legs and tearfully exclaimed, “Gaga, I forgot what your face looked like!”
I don’t know about you but as much as God not knowing me my biggest fear is that I don’t know Him. That I would wake up one day and tearfully cry out, Abba Daddy, I’ve forgotten your face! So everyday I recall my Father’s amazing, gracious actions of love. We all need to do that! I intentionally think upon His zealous, passionate, sacrificial and faithful love for me. A love that walked through Hell and back to save a wretch like me. I recall that when he found this naked, broken and lost little girl that He covered me in garments of white and warmed me with His everlasting love. I once was lost but now I am found. I once was so broken but now I am whole in Him. I could not save myself but the God who speaks the universe into existence, reached down, came down and saved me. I once was blind but now I see! I don’t know about you, but I never, ever want to forget the face of the One who saved a wretch like me. And I will show Him how much I love Him until He comes back or until I walk into His presence.
Jesus loves me this I know!
Jesus knows me this I love!