“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
Leonard Hofstadter: What I’m trying to say is that maybe you can’t approach this as a purely intellectual exercise.
Sheldon Cooper: What do you mean?
Leonard Hofstadter: Well, uh, remember when you tried to learn how to swim using the internet?
Sheldon Cooper: I *did* learn how to swim.
Leonard Hofstadter: On the floor.
Sheldon Cooper: The skills are transferable. I just have no interest in going in the water.
Leonard Hofstadter: Then why learn how to swim?
Sheldon Cooper: The ice caps are melting, Leonard. In the future, swimming isn’t going to be optional.
– Big Bang Theory
I was reading a post from the Isaiah 53:5 Project and my mind wandered. (Yesterday, it was two other bloggers who led to a post idea. Hey, I am catching up on my reading now that my wife is much better and at home, okay?)
The post talked about the idea of your last minute on earth. I immediately thought of telling others to not waste their next minute, because we don’t know if it is our last. Sorry, spoiler alert there if you wanted to read the original post.
Then I thought of what a non-believer might say. “Who cares? There is no heaven, so life simply ends.”
Then I thought about how non-believers in the past have taunted me for not being a perfect person.
Then I thought of how the Holy Spirit came into my life and gave me understanding when I accepted Jesus as my Savior, without reserving anything. It was “All In”. The problem with the non-believer, as Tozer might say, “He wants Jesus, but on his terms, not God’s.” The non-believer wants a taste of the understanding before he commits. It just doesn’t work that way. If God has convicted you in your soul of your sins, you will want to try anything to lift that burden. Then you are faced with the all or nothing option.
That leads to the quote from The Big Bang Theory above. Sheldon had learned how to swim without ever getting into the water. He thought he was safe, but for anyone who has gone into water over their heads can attest, and as Leonard tried to argue, you cannot really know anything about swimming until you get into the water.
How does this tie into the Scripture? There are a lot of people in church who want to get a glimpse of Jesus, to be close. But they do not really want to follow Jesus? They attend church. Isn’t that enough? Oh, okay, they joined the church. Now they are set. Right?
No, Jesus wants a relationship with us. It only comes after that “All in” moment and it is a 24/7 relationship, not one hour on Sunday, or Saturday Night, whenever.
Those people who want to be ‘close’ to Jesus could just as easily get their kicks by being near someone famous. I remember our niece telling of being at a major event in Scottish governmental history a few years ago. We asked, “Did you get to see the queen?” and her reply was, “Sure, I saw the queen, but I was THIS close to Sean Connery!”
For too many people in the pews, just being THIS close to Jesus is exciting enough. Will Jesus one day say to them, “I never knew you?” I am sure Sean Connery never noticed our niece.
So, the next time you learn how to swim on the internet, try jumping into the deep end of the pool. But have a lifeguard handy. You’ll probably need one.
But when you jump into the deep end of the spiritual pool with Jesus, He is there to ensure that you don’t drown.
Okay, if this was my last minute on earth, I hope it was well spent.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.