Matthew 7: 22-23(KJV) 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
What God desires most is a relationship with His children. He does not need us to do things for Him, rather He wants us to serve Him because we love and reverence Him, and He blesses us because He loves us. Are you going to be one of those that cry “Lord, Lord” because you think you have ‘done enough’ to enter Heaven? You come to church, and maybe even Sunday School, on Sunday mornings, drop a $5, $10, or $20 in the offering plate, then go about your life the rest of the week. You might even come to Sunday evening service, maybe even Wednesday evening, but do you have a personal relationship with Him?
Think about when you first fell in love with your spouse. If you are in love with someone you naturally want to please that person. You put forth the effort to do special things for them. You talk to them about everything, and you listen to what they have to say. You take advice from them. You find yourself thinking about them all the time, and tell others in your life how wonderful they are. You rearrange your schedule to make as much time as you can to be with them. How long do you think a relationship would last if you only devoted a couple of hours a week to it?
So I ask again, do you have a personal relationship with Him? Is He your first love, or just fire insurance? Do you come to church to worship and adore Him, or just earn brownie points? Do you really believe the words to the hymns? Try singing them to Him, saying ‘you’ instead of He or Thou, ‘me’ instead of us or them, ‘I’ instead of we. Do you really seek Him and His will when you pray, or just bring your wish list to Him, or ‘hum along’ during the prayers offered by others, or even worse, think about other things entirely?
One Sunday School lesson says it wonderfully: “True prayer is an expression of a relationship born out of love for God.” True prayer means talking with Him, as you would a loved one, not as you would some dignitary you want to impress. It is the first step in having and keeping a relationship with Him. In Psalm 51:12(NLT) David prays “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.” You have to want to be head over heels in love with Him again. Tell Him you do, and He will make it so. Psalm 37:4(NKJV) Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
So I ask again, do you have a personal relationship with Him? If not, you can, and nothing would please Him more!