And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.I John 5:11-12
I attended a Suns game a while back when they were not so good. There were a lot of empty seats, but I was just excited to be at the Suns game and it was easy to move around the place. I was walking around the main concourse inside the arena looking for my seats when I saw a man I recognized, and I immediately got excited and blurted out words that I did not even think about. I shouted, “Doaner!”, and this man looked at me up and down and I could see him running my face through his mind. I am sure he thought “Should I know this guy?”, but his mind drew a blank. The man I had shouted at was none other than Shane Doan of the Arizona Coyotes. I had followed his career since he was a rookie with the Coyotes, and I had seen him blossom here amidst the ever-changing landscape of hockey in the desert. I felt like I had known him the whole time, and that we held this connection and bond due to my love for hockey and his dedication to the desert.
Shane Doan did not recognize me as he had never seen me before, and he awkwardly gave me a high five even though who had no idea of who I was, and wife looked at him weirdly. I walked away excited that I had seen Shane Doan, but the feeling faded. I realized that I had acted foolishly, and I recognized that he was a little disturbed by me calling him, “Doaner” and acting like I knew him. I realized he was with his family trying to enjoy a basketball game and some obsessed fan (me) called out to him as if we had a lifelong relationship. I had followed him through the years watching him on television, reading articles about his life outside of hockey, and I kinda felt like I knew the guy. I knew he knew nothing about me, and if he looked me up on the internet, he may get hit for “Redondo Beach” but not for me. I was no one to him, and I sort of freaked him out with my excitement and eagerness to go up to him and give him a high five.
I have not seen Shane Doan again, but I vowed to keep my distance if it happens. I promised to not make a fool of myself, and I promised myself that I would respect his privacy. Even though I had “followed” him throughout the years, I quickly realized that I knew Shane Doan but he did not know me. I knew what people had written about him and what he had said in his interviews, but I knew nothing beyond that. Looking back, I feel silly for being starstruck, but my excitement got the best of me. Although this has never happened to me again, a similar situation will happen to others when the time of their death comes.
Matthew 7:21-23 states, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many 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? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Many will call out “Lord, Lord” and God will respond with the saddest words they have ever heard in their life, “I never knew you.” Many will think they have followed Him, read about Him, even done things in his name and for Him, and be puzzled as to how He does not know them. They will come to the knowledge that the distance from the heart to the mind is the distance that will keep them out of heaven. It is not enough to know about God, read about Him and go to church, but you must have a personal relationship with Him. You must come to a point and time in life where you put your full trust in His finished work on the cross. There is no one who was born saved, and we all must come to repentance as referenced in 2 Peter 3:9.
Where are you today? Does God know you? Is your name written down in the Book of Life? Do you have a head knowledge of Him, but lack a heart that has come to repentance? Are you worrying more about what people may think more than realizing that the wrath of God abides on those who do not believe? There are two groups of people as mentioned in the above verses, “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” Which group are you in? Do you have the Son, or does the wrath of God abide on you? God’s final call may be today, so don’t wait to make the biggest decision of your life. You may know God, but does God know you?