Do you know Him?
“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” Matthew 7:23
Many people do a lot of great things to impact this world in a positive way. There are philanthropists who give millions of dollars to fund orphanages and schools. Some would give their lives to minister to the sick and even homeless people. Others serve on Mission fields around the world separated from home and family all their lives. While these are all honorable things and certainly worthy of recognition here on earth, it is interesting to hear what Jesus has to say about the day we finally stand face to face with Him.
In today’s scripture, Jesus is talking about the day when the books are open. He says the only thing that matters on that day is that you know Him personally. He’s not looking for you to tell Him how many souls you brought with you. He’s not looking for how many good deeds you have done while here on earth and He’s not even interested in how good you behaved in this life. There will be those who come before Him saying they prophesied, cast out demons, and did many wonders in His name. It is amazing to me that He will say to them I never knew who you were or in other words, they had no personal relationship with Him. The point is that there is power in the name of Jesus, and even if you see great things being done in His name, none of these things will get you into eternity with Him, only that you know Him personally. You must set aside time to cultivate that relationship by talking and listening to Him daily, thereby having an active relationship with Him.
Today I want to encourage you to remember the time that you personally invited Jesus to be the LORD of your life. Remember the day that you first started following His direction and leading for your life. Take this time to think about the day that you first started talking to God personally and walking with Him day by day, the day that you finally made Him the LORD over every area of your life. Now think about the relationship you have with Him today. Do you spend time growing that relationship each day? Do you recognize Him and His Word as the ultimate authority in your life? Are you looking forward to the day when you hear “Well done, My faithful one?” Decide today that you are going to go deeper with God by walking and listening closer to the direction He has for you each day. Your relationship with Him is, hands down, the most important thing in this life and the next.
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 7:15-23
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles?
17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
21 “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.
22 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?’
23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’