I woke up this morning thinking of this scripture and I can’t seem to get it off my mind. In Matthew 7:21-23 Jesus is sharing how some will think they know Him but in the end they really don’t and will not be with Him for eternity.
“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’
Several weeks ago I started serving a mega church as the HR Director. I had been attending the church frequently for the last three years and because I had watched people on the platform, followed them on social media and in some cases even prayed for them and cried with them, there was a perception that “I knew them”. It felt strange as they would stop by my office and introduce themselves to me as if we had never met. I realize now that I had been watching them and connecting with the music, message and even life challenges they had shared but I didn’t really know them. I hadn’t ever spent time talking personally with them and if I did, it wasn’t anything more than “small talk”.
I wonder if we can fool ourselves into thinking we know Jesus this same way. We may go to church and listen to a message, we may sit in a small group and hear about how another person is connecting to God through scripture and prayer but do we really know Him? Are we taking the time to invest in a personal relationship with our Lord? Are we allowing God to change out lives and doing His will?
Or will he say to us, “I never knew you…”