If you could pick one person to know your name, who would it be? We can spend our whole lives trying to get people to know our names and recognize us, but fail to seek the recognition of the One who really matters—God.
I’m reminded of the story of the rich man and Lazarus, which is one of the most poignant parables that Jesus shared. No doubt, the rich man was well-known in his village and probably the whole region. His estate was so large that poor people like Lazarus would come to his gate and beg for the crumbs from the dining room floor that were thrown out to the dogs. Yet, Jesus didn’t know the rich man’s name because he rejected God’s help and offer of salvation.
The portrait of the rich man is one who is self-sufficient and self-centered. He saw everyone as his servant and that even carried over to his view of God. Lazarus, on the other hand, spent his life in pain and suffering, humbled by life, but still grateful to God. What we do and how we respond to God during this life makes a difference for all of eternity.
The rich man didn’t love God for his kindness and blessing, so it’s not surprising that he didn’t care for God’s discipline. Even from hell, the rich man was trying to order everyone around! It wasn’t the rich man’s wealth that made him sinful. It was his selfishness.
If God doesn’t know your name, anyone else knowing your name is pointless. Prioritizing your relationship with God gets His attention, so even though a little recognition from people wouldn’t hurt, if God knows your name, you are already famous!
Dr. Derek Grier
Click here to read the message notes: The Essentials, Part 5 – The Ripple Effect
Click here to watch this message.