In our world, it seems like everyone wants to be known. Everyone wants to be a movie star or a rock star. We want to be liked, worshiped and on everyone’s lips. I mean, with TV shows like “American Idol” and half-baked viral videos drawing millions upon millions of views, who can blame us? The masses cater to the famous. Everyone wants the world to read their posts, tweets and check out their selfies. Everyone – it seems – wants to be known. But the truth is, in the long run, it makes no difference if we ever get our 15 minutes of fame or that we become a household name. It doesn’t matter if we’re known by men. What matters is if we are known by God. In Matthew chapter 7 verses 21 through 23 Jesus says:
"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 evildoer.'"
For me, this is a very difficult portion of scripture to read. I mean, these guys were prophesying in the name of Jesus, casting out demons and performing miracles! Surely they were known by God. Well, Jesus explains that even if we do all of these things and are not known by God, he will cast us out. So, it seems that it all comes down to a relationship with Jesus. It may sound strange, but we can work our hands raw for the kingdom of God, and still not be known by him. So I encourage you, don’t worry about being known by men, and don’t spend so much time doing the work of the Lord that you forget about the Lord of the work. Concentrate first on your relationship with God. Work on your heart before you work on your deeds. As Jesus explains earlier in Matthew, we are to seek him first. And if we do, all the lesser things will take care of themselves.
When we die and face the judgment seat of Christ, worse than NOT hearing the words “well done my good and faithful servant,” is hearing the words, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoer.” I encourage you to get to know God. Don’t find yourself clamoring for people to know you, and don’t be like Martha in the bible who was so busy working that she didn’t take the time to spend with Jesus. Be like King David, a man after God’s heart. He prayed often, followed the will of God, and loved God with all of his heart. He knew God and God knew him. God knew him, because David pursued a relationship with him. And we should do that as well.