We all know that God honors faith and that is why believers do the works of God. However, people can work miracles, but end up not being known by God. In Matthew 7:22-23 the Bible says, “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” (KJV). There is no one who wants to hear these words from The Lord after being busy doing the so called work of God. We all need to avoid that and be known by God.
Anyone can claim to know God, but that does not mean God knows him. Something must happen for anyone to be known by God. In 2 Timothy 2: 19 the Bible says, “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (KJV). The lord is pointing to the fact that iniquity is what makes people not to be known by God. Iniquity is a wicked act which is a real violation of rights and it instigates injustice so graphic to even talk about. It is basically sin in the sight of God.
The principal thing in having a relationship with God to a point where you are known by him is that new birth experience. Only children of God have the ability to respond to God’s love by loving him. We must love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. Those who have the seed of God abiding inside them are capable of loving God with all their hearts. Children of God are partakers of God’s divine nature and they truly love God. Now, in 1 Corinthians 8:3 the Bible says, “But if any man love God, the same is known of him” (KJV). You have to love God if God has to know you.
After Jesus rose from the dead, he showed himself to his disciples for a period of forty days. In one of those days he appeared to them while they had toiled all night trying to catch some fish. That night they caught nothing, but when he told them to cast their nets on the right side of the boat they had a good catch.
That same day after they had eaten The Lord Jesus began to ask Peter if he loved him. In John 21:17 the Bible says, “He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep” (KJV). Why did Jesus ask Peter this question? The answer is simple because if any man loves God, he will be known by God. Jesus knows Peter because Peter loves him. This is how to be known by God.
Do you love Jesus?