I was talking with some friends in the ministry and asked them if they ever get caught up in what they are doing so that they forget about talking with God about it. They responded that they have done this. The reason I asked them was because I have done this. In studying the Bible, I came upon this passage:
“Knowing the correct password—saying ‘Master, Master,’ for instance— isn’t going to get you anywhere with me. What is required is serious obedience—doing what my Father wills. I can see it now—at the Final Judgment thousands strutting up to me and saying, ‘Master, we preached the Message, we bashed the demons, our God-sponsored projects had everyone talking.’ And do you know what I am going to say? ‘You missed the boat. All you did was use me to make yourselves important. You don’t impress me one bit. You’re out of here.’ Matthew 7:21-23(MSG)
It amazes me that I can be friends with people for years and not really know them. To really know someone you have to have a very special relationship. If you get to have this kind of relationship with one or two people in a life time you are very lucky.
As I live life, I hear people talk about how they thought that they knew family, friends, and even their own spouse. Then they find out something or are told something that makes them realize they did not even know the other person.
Based on this passage, it is not what you do as much as what you are doing something for. Do you drop names (God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, or important people) to get credit? Is your life a façade? What is your reason for doing things? Are you trying to make yourself important? How can you make sure that Jesus never looks you in the eye and says “You’re out of here!”?