photo by: Shirley/Oklahoma/November 2010
It's Who you know
originally written 2 Nov 10
posted 4 Nov 10
“It’s not what you do—it’s who you know.”

This phrase tends to be used in a negative light…
pointing out the unfairness that can often be found in this world.
However, today it hit me that this phrase IS true!
True on a much bigger scale than workplace politics.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one 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 in your name perform many miracles?’
Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you.
Away from me you evildoers.’”
Matthew 7:21-23

This world trains us to think that we are nothing if we are not “doing.”
Christians fall into this mind trap of "busyness" as well.
Many think that there is nothing else more important
than staying busy doing good works.
What is real and true is that each of us only get
24 hours each day, at the most. 
All too often, the time it takes to maintain a healthy,
loving relationship with Christ gets pushed aside in our busy lives.

If our relationship with the Savior is lukewarm—
it doesn’t matter what “great things” are done in His name.
So how do we know Him?  How can we be saved from that final rejection?
By knowing and obeying the teachings of Christ.
There is no other way.

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and
beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
Matthew 7:24-27

What is one of the first questions people ask when they want to know you?
“What do you do?”

The more pertinent question is:
“Who do you know?”
Or more precisely…
“Do you know Jesus Christ as Lord?”

Better still is that they do not even have to ask the question.
That they will see the proof in our lives.
How we behave, even when under stress.
How we speak to the people in our path, every day,
regardless of social prejudices.
How we love, even those who are difficult to love.
We cannot do this on our own.

To love like Jesus we must study Him,
invite Him to be the One in charge of our days,
and then LET HIM.
He IS love.
Without Him, all we have is a shadow of love to give.

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