“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’
Our local church espouses four core values.
Know – God intimately
Grow – In community with others
Serve – With a ministry team
Share - In Christ’s mission
I have personally been pursuing what it means to know God intimately. It is apparent it is more than just having a relationship, although that is where the journey begins, it is about being in a relationship.
The term "being" implies not only a relationship, but also a commitment to the relationship. It implies a daily renewing and investment in the One you really want to know.
Matthew 7:21-23 has captured my attention in a big way. It emphasizes that we can say and do all the right things and yet miss the mark.
This reality has helped me to focus my efforts in not only knowing Christ, but also focus on Him knowing me!