This just in!! Angelina Jolie is one of the highest paid actresses. Lindsey Lohan was caught in mischief… again. Jennifer Aniston might be planning a surprise wedding with Justin. Miley Cyrus has gone off the deep end! But in truth….Who cares! Who cares! WHO CARES! The sad thing about Americans today is that we have begun to idolized movie stars rather than our Creator. We gaze and chitchat at the latest gossip, yet when it comes to worshiping and spending time with the Lord, we’d rather be engaged in the lives of people we know nothing about. Sounds ironic doesn’t it? We listen to their music, buy their gadgets, rent their movies, and learn about their lives–as if their our best friends. Yet none of the actors care anything about us. They don’t know who we are, what we are like, or what we do. Yet thousands of people aid their beckoning call.
The problem with this is that it teaches society that it’s okay to ‘know about’ someone, rather than to ‘know’ someone. We can read all the latest facts and information we want, but unless we truly know that person, that relationship means nothings. So it is with the Lord. Far too many Christians today spend their time gathering Intel on the Lord, rather than spending time developing a personal relationship with the King of Kings. We may know of God, about God, and how God works, but unless we have a relationship with Him that knowledge means nothing.
It’s kind of like this. Let’s say a young woman was walking down the street and noticed Jenifer Aniston’s huge million dollar mansion. It was so elegant that the young lady decided to pack her bags, walk up to the door, and invite herself to live there. After all she knew everything about Mrs. Aniston: her newest hairstyle, her family, her pets names, her x-boyfriends, the amount of calories she ate, her weight, her favorite ice-cream …all of it! Surely Mrs. Aniston knew her!
Excitedly the lady approached the door with a loud knock. To her surprise, Mrs. Aniston cautiously answers from behind a screen door, “Yes, can I help you!?”
The young woman explodes, “It’s so good to see you!! I’ve packed my bags and I’m coming to live with you. Come out here so I can give you a great big hug!”
To her shock, Mrs. Aniston demands, “Get off my property, I’m calling the cops! Lady! I don’t know who you are. In fact, I never knew you!“
That’s the trouble with people today. They want to move in with God, when they don’t even know who He is; and this is exactly why many–in the day of judgment–will say these words, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?” (Matthew 7:22).
To their surprise, the Lord shockingly insists, “Depart from me, I never knew you“ (Matthew 7:23).
You can’t assume knowledge of a person based solely on what you know or hear about them. While it is beneficial to read the Bible and know about the Lord–and while those things are imperative–it is also vital to develop a relationship with God, because without it, you are nothing but an Intel gatherer.
“People will be…always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.“ 2 Timothy 3:7
My friends, the key to living a successful Christian life is as simple as spending time with Him! Instead of wasting countless hours on the latest Hollywood gossip–which gossip is a sin–spend your time in quite intimacy with the Lord. Rather than watching an incalculable amount of football games or televisions sitcoms– that waist your life away– spend it on something that matters. Sit down, turn on some holy music, and praise your King! Or collapse yourself on the floor and pray if need be. This is how some of the most well known apostles in the Bible developed a deep intimate relationship with God. They spent innumerable hours with Him, and because of that, they became a friend of God–not an acquaintance– but a friend.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they will be filled!” Matthew 5:6
Invest your time in getting to know your King and don’t be just an Intel gatherer. Love you all!!