Lord, I invite You to know me.
Matthew 7:21,22 says, “Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”
Is that not harsh and hopeless? Seemingly I can do all the right things, work hard, advance the kingdom — and STILL — this is not enough. Then, what do you have to do? What is ‘good’ about this gospel?
Read it again. Notice the phrase “I never knew you”. This feels so cruel at first. And, then there it is.
Do you see it? It says, “I never knew you” not “you never knew Me”.
Wait! But God is all-knowing, right? What could He possibly mean “I never knew you”?
Can you see it now? God seems to allow free will for us to decide whether we are ‘known’ or not.
A gospel that says ‘I have to know God’ (who is infinitely unknowable) is an unreachable possibility. If we are honest, why even try? To the poor in spirit, who are said to be blessed, a gospel like this would feel like an overwhelming bondage.
Yet, a gospel that said ‘What you need to do is to allow God to know you.’ ‘You just need to be honest, authentic, real, and raw.’ A gospel like that would feel FREEING and POSSIBLE. It would feel especially freeing to the poor in spirt who are already aware of their weakness. Their weaknesses are already open for all to see.
And, a gospel like this would be toughest for the rich and arrogant. They feel they have it all together. Or they know they don’t, but would rather give that impression than to submit to the vulnerability needed to allow for authentic ‘knowing’.
If you identify as a Ragamuffin, then you understand what it is like to feel poor in spirit. May you feel God’s invitation today. He is simply asking to know you.