Human nature continues to amaze me. People continue to amuse me. Have you ever seen someone misrepresent the facts, try to manipulate a situation and then watch helplessly as it falls apart before their eyes?
There was a time I sold a household product for extra income. One of my customers was not happy with the way her order was being delivered. So she played the old ‘name drop’ game in an effort to intimidate me into doing what she wanted rather than follow company policy. She said, “Well, Nancy might be your boss, but she is one of my best friends. I might have to call her and report this.” I analyzed the situation and knew in my heart that I was doing the right thing. So I called Nancy to give her heads up on the situation and the phone call she was likely to receive. After introducing myself, here’s the way the phone call went.
“Nancy, Anna Smith is not happy that I will not deliver half of her order now and half later. She thinks you will make an exception for her.”
“Well we don’t deliver half orders and who are you talking about?”
“Do I know her?”
“She said the two of you are very good friends.”
“Well I don’t recognize her name.”
“She told me that she saw you at the store and you invited her home with you.”
“I did what?”
“She said the two of you were talking at the store and you invited her to your house even though it was the maid’s day off and the house was messy.”
“Oh good grief. I met that woman at the store and we started talking about treadmills. I had one for sale so she followed me home to see it. I don’t know her.”
“Well she seems to think you and she are best friends.”
“Then she’s delusional. I only met her one time.”
Have you ever seen someone do the same thing with God during a crisis? We’re talking about that person whose life shows no evidence of a relationship with God. But let a crisis happen and suddenly they are the most spiritual people around. If you go to console them the conversation goes something like this:
You start off by saying, “Now God is able to take care of this situation.”
“Oh, I know He is. He has been so good to me. I thank Him every day for the gifts He has given to me. I know I don’t deserve them, but He continues to give. I just love Him so much.”
Crisis is over and all is well. The conversation goes like this:
You trying to disciple them, “Why don’t you come to church with me on Sunday?”
“Oh I’ve just got so much to do, I don’t think I can. But someday I will.”
“I just thought you might want to thank God for helping you through your problem.”
“I know I should do that, but right now I just don’t have time. The Lord knows I’m grateful. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.”
Indeed the Lord does know our hearts. If someone mentions your name in prayer, does the Lord say “Who are talking about? Do I know them?” Some people ‘name drop’ God’s name when they need him. The question is not do we know God, but does He know us. We sometimes forget that it is more important that He know our name than we know His.