That question was asked of me in Starbucks this morning. Do I know you? You look so familiar and I see you everywhere. I had to explain who I was and when I did, they immediately put two and two together. As soon as I said…I’m Trey Erwin’s mother. But I did get a very nice compliment out of it. He told me I looked very pretty today. I’ll take that!
I got in my car and thought, one day, I won’t be known as Trey Erwin’s mama and that’s okay because I’ll always be his mama. I watched his testimony this week on my computer for about the 50th time. This time, I looked at his eyes. They blinked so slowly. I remember how he felt that day. So tired and weak. But in true Trey fashion form, he didn’t want the tape from his port to show from under his Polo. But seriously, in this eyes, I saw the passion of what he was saying. I knew that he meant everything he was going through he did not want to receive any glory for and wanted God to receive it all. No one, NO ONE, knew Trey better than his mama and his dad.
That thought has been looming on my mind all day. Do I know you? The words of Jesus come to mind in Luke 13:23-30. In the Message, it is quoted:
23-25 A bystander said, “Master, will only a few be saved?”
He said, “Whether few or many is none of your business. Put your mind on your life with God. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires your total attention. A lot of you are going to assume that you’ll sit down to God’s salvation banquet just because you’ve been hanging around the neighborhood all your lives. Well, one day you’re going to be banging on the door, wanting to get in, but you’ll find the door locked and the Master saying, ‘Sorry, you’re not on my guest list.’
26-27 “You’ll protest, ‘But we’ve known you all our lives!’ only to be interrupted with his abrupt, ‘Your kind of knowing can hardly be called knowing. You don’t know the first thing about me.’
28-30 “That’s when you’ll find yourselves out in the cold, strangers to grace. You’ll watch Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets march into God’s kingdom. You’ll watch outsiders stream in from east, west, north, and south and sit down at the table of God’s kingdom. And all the time you’ll be outside looking in—and wondering what happened.
In the New American Standard – Jesus says in Luke 13:23-28:
23 And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” And He said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up to us!’ then He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.’ 26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets’; 27 and He will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you are from; depart from Me, all you evildoers.’ 28 In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves being thrown out.
Jesus is very, VERY clear that those that are not saved will not enter the kingdom of heaven. He even says, I DO NOT KNOW YOU! I thought about that this morning when then gentleman spoke to me, I do not know you. Oh my goodness. What if my Jesus said that to me? What if He said that to Trey? I am so glad that I have peace I know that He didn’t.
There is a reason I posted the two different versions. Sometimes, the Message just tells it like it is. Yes, we are all just hanging out, minding our own business and not paying attention to what Jesus has to do in our lives. But one day, there will come a time that we will need to know everything about Him, NOW. Trey knew that urgency and hoped others were getting that message.
I remember when I was younger my sister would say that she was ready for Jesus to come back any day. I would say NO! NO! I’m not married yet! I don’t have children! Well, my tune has changed. I now see through God’s eyes how the world is saturated with Satan’s lies and filth and my greatest goal is to gather as many as I can, as fast as I can, and run this race to Jesus! That’s exactly what I told Trey as his heart stopped beating, run to Jesus buddy, as fast as you can.
Now we are left here to deal with Satan’s temptations and thankfully God’s forgiveness and grace. But I assure you, only, ONLY if you are a Christian can you overcome Satan’s power with Christ by your side. Satan tempts me every single day to give in and just admit I can’t go one more day. I won’t do that. I can’t do that. I have a husband and a son who depend on me and I on them.
The great thing is Satan will never win. God already has and He knows me, by name. He knows my husband and both of my children. So Jesus, if you would, you can come get me.