Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Lord Dismiss Us With Your Blessing"1 (Lyrics)
Our five-year-old granddaughter was very small when she began to talk. She hasn't stopped since. The things that she says are often funny and endearing, but many of her questions are surprisingly sensible and thought-provoking. (I'm still wondering why fish sleep with their eyes open, and how, then, do we know that they're asleep?)
Recently, this precocious child was delighted to discover that I am the mother of her daddy. She then asked why I'm called Nana. I launched into an explanation of family relationships while she listened intently. I finished by telling her that she and her little sisters are our granddaughters. This last piece of information was met with great hilarity and disbelief. "No!" she insisted. "You're nothing to us!"
I gasped. That hurt! Were I not made of sterner stuff I might have dissolved into tears, I was so crushed. Our precious granddaughter, on whom we've lavished love and attention since the day that she was born, completely disowned us with four words. You're nothing to us.
Of course, my husband and I laughed it off. It was innocent and unintentional. Because it was Easter weekend, we were reminded of Peter denying his relationship with Jesus, after they'd lived and travelled together like brothers for years. Afterwards, Peter was filled with remorse. Just as we waved away a little child's comment, Jesus later forgave Peter, because He understood.
God is always faithful, and always forgives us when we truly repent. But the Bible tells us that there will come a day when some of us might be taken by surprise.
Matthew 7:21-23 – Not everyone who says to Me, "Lord, Lord!" will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven. On that day many will say to Me, "Lord, Lord, didn't we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?" Then I will announce to them, "I never knew you. Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!" (HCSB)
Many know about Jesus but don't know Jesus. And just like that, with four words, they will be denied. They take it for granted that they'll be welcomed into heaven. What a horrible shock! Naturally, they'll be filled with remorse — but it will be too late.
Do you know Jesus as if He's a member of your immediate family? Is He someone with Whom you can share your innermost thoughts — someone to speak to — and about — at any moment of the day? If not, it's time to draw closer to Him. When Jesus is everything to us, He won't deny us when we meet Him face to face.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, when we're born again, You become our Elder Brother. We confess that we often treat You like a stranger and keep You at arm's length, and even disown You. Draw us closer to You, that we may know You better and better. Amen.