Have you ever had a friend tell you that one of their loved ones passed away? I have, and I usually respond with something like this, “Oh, I’m so sorry friend. Did he know the Lord?” When my grandpa passed away a few years ago I would always make sure people knew that he “knew” the Lord. It made them feel better knowing that I was certain he was in heaven.
But after reading this verse last night I think I need to clarify my answer.
Romans 1:21 (AMP) Because when they knew and recognized Him as God, they did not honor and glorify Him as God or give Him thanks. But instead they became futile and godless in their thinking [with vain imaginings, foolish reasoning, and stupid speculations] and their senseless minds were darkened.
It is possible to know and recognize Jesus as God and still have a foolish, darkened heart. Countless people claim that Jesus is Lord, but they don’t honor him, glorify him, or give Him thanks and that’s a dangerous place to be. It’s better to not know Jesus as Lord at all than it is to know Him and not a live a life that brings Him glory and honor.
Ever wonder why our country is increasing in darkness daily? It’s because it’s filled with people who are godless in their thinking… people who say they “know” God, some even go to church and pray at the dinner table, but their hearts have “never adored the living God with living love.” (Spurgeon) Is your love for the living God alive… or does it need to resuscitated?
Maybe instead of asking did he know the Lord when someone passes away, we should be asking did he honor and glorify the Lord… did he give Him thanks.
My grandfather did. He lived a life that honored and glorified God. He was not ashamed to praise God and give Him all the credit for all the many good things in his life.
You can read your Bible all the way through every year, pray at every meal, never miss a church service, and claim to know Jesus, but with out giving Him the honor, glory, and thanksgiving that he deserves, he’ll claim he never knew you.
Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
My marriage could not survive if my husband just knew that I existed and recognized me as his wife. It’s not enough that he knows my favorite color, favorite perfume, favorite candy bar, favorite show, and the entire history of my life. Our relationship has to be based on more than what he knows about me and what I know about Him. Our relationship is alive because he loves me with a living love. He honors and glorifies me, he appreciates me and the good things I bring to his life.
Your relationship with Jesus will not survive unless you love Him with a living love… it’s not hard, it’s not a chore, “Praise is no more a burden to a true heart than song to a bird, or perfume to a flower, or twinkling to star.” (Spurgeon) Honor, Glorify, and thank God today it’s what you were designed to do.
- I know God, but I also try to live my life to honor and glorify him and of course give Him thanks!
- The fantastic sermon my Charles Spurgeon on Romans 1:21. Full of so many awesome truths.
- My husband doesn’t just know me, he loves me with a living love.
- God loves me with a living love!
- My grandfather honored, glorified, and gave thanks to God with his life.
- Praise is not a burden.
- God created me with such an awesome purpose.
- Gus brought his new Bible downstairs so he could have Bible time with me.
- Zion. The new Hillsong United album.
- Relentless. Loving this song and so is Gus. He asked to here “Rewentwess” when I picked him up from school.
- Josh took advantage of a “teachable moment” with Gus on the way to school and taught him what it means to be loved with the relentless love of Jesus.
- Gus remembered all that Josh talked to him about and told me about it on the drive home. It was so sweet it made me cry!
- Gus had an all green day!
- Beautiful afternoon. Nice to get out even if it was only for a few minutes.
- The kids let me sleep while they watched The Tigger Movie.
- Making pizza commercials for Gus’ pizza parlor. He’s hilarious and a ham!
- Cereal for dinner.
- Josh took over for me when he got home from work and let me get some more rest. Ready to kick this cold to the curb.
- Thin Mints.
- Do Si Dos.
- Realized I bought two window panels for Beau’s room and only need one. That means I get to take one back and buy something else for her cute little room.
- Josh made the cutest invitation for Beau’s party.
- Having a husband with design skills!
- A friend was able to share my blog with a lady who suffered a late miscarriage.
- My niece and nephew got an offer on their house! Answer to prayer!
- Clean hair. Feels so good!
- Gus drew a picture of me and him in a car and told me “this is me taking you on a date night.”