“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
Wow! What a way to start off the midweek. Many times, when we read these verses from Matthew 7 we find ourselves thinking “Yeah those evildoers are in for it! Good thing that’s not me.” And then we move on to Jesus’ next parable. However, when I read this I am immediately drawn to action in seeking a true relationship with Jesus. I think this is the key and the point of Jesus speaking this to his disciples, followers and all those within earshot.
Jesus is telling us that our deeds will not matter at the end of our lives. Yes, I said it… on the judgment day our deeds will NOT matter. The only thing that will matter is if we KNOW Jesus and if He knows us. Now I AM NOT giving people a license to ignore their actions, sin for the sake of sinning or be disobedient to God in relation to what He calls each individual to do, I think the rest of scripture clearly speaks to this, but I want to draw attention to the KNOWING JESUS part of what Jesus says. Again, it is clear that we will be held accountable to God for the obedience He has called us to but ONLY AFTER we know HIM.
As a people we have a rich history of doing good things. My caution is the same question from Easter: Do you know Him? These verses drive me to my knees in prayer before the Lord praying that this would NEVER be me. These words motivate me to spend time reading and eating Gods word. My prayer is that I would be a man who seeks to Know Him and follow Him. Not out of fear but out of a desire to know the son of God that came to pay the price of my sin.
It would be my prayer that you too would be driven to prayer and God’s word when you hear these verses. It would be my prayer that however long we have left on this earth we would spend it getting to know Him more. It would be my prayer that when we stand before an almighty God Jesus would step in and say “I know this one.”