When I was traveling across the United States attending different workouts, tryouts, and spring trainings in an attempt to make it on a professional baseball team, I was told by a bunch of different people “It’s not about what you know, but it’s about who you know.”
One of the scariest verses in the whole Bible is written in Matthew’s gospel. This is what it says:
“Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Matthew 7:22, 23 NKJV)
Some people believe that their education, how many degrees they have hanging on the wall, what abbreviation they have following name, what they have accomplished in life, their status, how many friends they have on Facebook, how many followers on Twitter, how many good deeds they have done, how much fame and fortune they acquire will impress Jesus. But the truth of the matter is it doesn’t come down to what you know or what you have accomplished in your life, the only thing that will ever matter is if you know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior.
You can even know the name of Jesus, but just like in Matthew, knowing the name of Jesus won’t help you, you have to know Jesus. Just because you know someone’s name doesn’t mean that you know them. I know Justin Bieber’s name but I have never met him and got to know him. Luke records a story in Acts of these people who knew the name of Jesus but never really knew Jesus. Here’s what happened:
“Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.” (Acts 19:13-16 NKJV)
These sons of Sceva thought that just because they knew the name of Jesus that they were able to access something that only could be reached by knowing the person of Jesus. They had never met Jesus and frankly it didn’t got so well for them.
So do you know the name of Jesus but don’t know the person of Jesus? Have you ever met Jesus? Because when it comes down to it; it’s not about what you know, but it’s about who you know.