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I once had a celebrity’s number, we had met only once and I luckily got her number for some follow up question. I was so overjoyed; it was a moment of a lifetime, as a student I knew that I had found a mentor, someone to hold my hand, especially when I embark on job seeking. So I kept the number very safe, waiting for the grand opportunity to unleash it. We never spoke, I continued following him on all social media platforms, liking every post, commenting on his articles and just keeping up with his life. I also kept telling everyone how I have his number and he told me to call anytime, I think he is also in one of my journals, I kept thanking God for him and how I was looking forward to working with him.
So the day finally came, I had my degree and I needed a media job, I knew that he had been waiting for my call, in fact, on the day he had come to school, he said he loved my voice. I called the number three times and it was off, I thought he must have been busy. The next day I called over ten times and no one was picking it. So in school we had been taught to be bold, ‘Go and knock those doors a hundred times!’ So I put on my best version of official clothes, went to the media house and asked the receptionist if I could see him. I was told that I can’t see anyone without an appointment. I was devastated; I asked the receptionist if I could talk to him on phone, luckily I was allowed. So she called him and we spoke on phone.
He seemed to be very busy at that time and I had to be brief and precise. So I told him about my intention of working with him, reminded him about the day he came to our school and complimented my voice and even gave me his number. I went on to say that I had tried calling the number but there was no response. I remember his response like it was yesterday, ‘Young girl, I do not know you. I don’t remember you. I don’t remember your voice. I go to many schools every week, I meet many talented students, but I don’t own a media house to employ them. Ask the receptionist the processes of applying for jobs here’ My feeble legs could no longer carry my feeble body. I was deflated. I did not even talk to the receptionist, I went back home hoping to wake up from the dream. I learnt my lesson. Just because you see someone on social media or watch them on television daily, does not mean you know them. Just because you have someone’s number does not mean they know you.
I remember that story every time I come across Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 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! ‘There is a possibility that a person may be talking about God but have no relationship with Him. We may be walking around telling everyone how busy we are serving in church, how we write articles daily, how we have Bible verses written all over the house, but have no relationship with God. Remember, God knows the state of our hearts; He knows our intentions and motives and knows who is fully committed to Him. He wants us to worship Him in truth and in spirit and seek Him with all that we are.
We can’t just show up at the reception demanding to be taken in, with a list of reasons yet there is no relationship, yet there is no obedience. Yet we have been practicing lawlessness. The time to be intimate with God is now. The time to love Him is now and the best way to love Him is to obey Him. ”If you love me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15). I pray that you and I will be known by Him when that day comes.