Why "Being Known" is Everything!
(This post first appeared on www.CandaceAJones.com)
Sometimes we're on a quest to be recognized, praised, and lauded because of our gifts, talents, and callings. What is it all worth in the end? Does it matter if everyone notices you because of your achievements--or failures--yet the One who created you in His image doesn't know you?
You may be thinking, "Well, He's God so, of course, He knows me." But follow this scenario for a moment.
*Jase and Janae have been married for six years. They proudly wear their wedding rings, she wears his last name, and they take their yearly portraits. Ever since she was a child, Janae wanted to be a brain surgeon and Jase saw the potential for her to become one. He supported her and rallied for her and even paid the way so this dream could be their reality.
Unfortunately in the midst of his selfless sacrifice, Janae becomes more focused on her goals than her mate. No longer does she have time for intimacy, even the time she has planned with him. When he tries to come close to her, she turns away and back into her books. Now it's graduation time. Jase continues to be ignored. She lands the perfect job. He's still ignored. She gains status and recognition. Janae's been fortunate enough to be featured in the best publications and reaches international acclaim. Frantically she looks for her husband because she loves him. She just didn't have the time but she loves him. She finally spots him but he's not within reach. With a look of both pain and love in his eyes, she realizes that he's unable to get her because those who have elevated her has disregarded him. Her security doesn't recognize that he's her spouse and will not allow him access to her.
Sad illustration, right? Yet, for the cost of losing being known by her husband, she paid the price for being noticed.
Far too often we live for the praises of man and fail to realize that the only One who really matters is Father God. What will we reach if we gain the whole world and lose our souls? What does it matter if we do the good works and evangelize, lay hands on the sick and see them recover, yet see Him face to face and He says, "Depart from Me, you worker of iniquity. I never knew you"?
That's what happens when we get caught up in doing good and godly things yet forget intimacy with Him. Yes, part of His will is for us to do the works; however, He also says, "Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, all of your mind, all of your soul, and all of your strength." It's more than saying the "Sinner's Prayer." It's about having a lifestyle of prayer and worship, and reading of the Word. Be sensitive to the leading of Holy Spirit. Receiving the mind of Christ and being transformed. Love everyone, unconditionally, just like He loves. It's about absolute surrender so that you may actually live.
So what if no one ever knows my name. My Father knows me well and enjoys living in me. That is more than enough.