When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from’—(Luke 13:25, ESV).
I find my life to be fuller and busier than ever before, leaving little time for deep cleaning. So busy running, some of the dirt seems to be ignored until suddenly one day, my eyes are opened to the layers of filth that have accumulated.
Such it was one day when the dog, Mona Lisa, was barking and fussing at the sliding glass door. Getting down on my knees in order to pull on her collar, I was disgusted to see smears–all at doggy nose level–across the entire width of the door. Gross!
It was odd how I had never noticed before. From outside, the door looked fine, but inside up close it was awful!
Isn’t that also so true of our own lives?
So often we can pass ourselves off as ‘good people’ by doing good works, but when we stop and examine our hearts, we see what’s truly inside. We can try to disguise our sin, but on our own we can’t wash it away. We are born to sin . . . all have sinned; there is none righteous, no not one.
There are so many of us who call ourselves Christians, but we are only wearing the title. We don’t know Him. We may look good from the outside, but we have not truly been washed and cleansed by His blood.
On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness’—(Matthew 7:22-23, ESV).
Perhaps one of the hardest portions of the Bible ...I know it shakes me to the core. We need to examine our hearts and lives up close to see if we truly know Him, and whether or not we have surrendered our lives, giving him Lordship.
Father, thank you for the gift of your Son and for the forgiveness of our sins; help us to get real and to fall on our knees, making you truly Lord, Amen.
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