“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!’” (Matthew 7:22-23)
Can you imagine standing before the Lord on the Day of Judgment, thinking that you knew Him and did great works in his name, and yet His response to you is “I never knew you. Get away from me!” The seriousness of this passage cannot be overlooked.
The sobering tragedy here is the understanding that many will think they were in right relationship with Jesus, having done many great works in His name, and yet He tells them He never knew them! They thought they knew Him but they did not. A relationship only works when both parties know each other. It cannot be one-sided. How can a husband know his wife if they don’t spend time together, talking, relating, getting to know everything about each other? How can a daughter know her father if she doesn’t spend time with him? She can know about him, she can know what she’s been told about him, but that is not the same as knowing him by interacting with him, listening to him, talking to him and letting him know her. We can’t know other people unless we allow them to know us, unless we trust them, spend time with them, interact with them, deal with issues with them, relate to them.
It is the same with Jesus. How can He know us, if we don’t bother having a real relationship with Him? And if we don’t make the effort to get to know Him, there is no relationship… and He would be justified to say He doesn’t know us!
Do you know Him?
Do you truly know Him? Do you know where your feet are grounded? Do you know where you are anchored? Because to truly know Him, is to be so anchored, so grounded in your relationship with Him, that nothing can change the knowledge of who He is, or the absolute trust in what He says. To truly know Him, is to know His heart, to love Him, to intimately converse with Him, to obey Him, to seek His will, and to trust Him no matter what.
We need to know where we are grounded. We need to have our relationship with Him secure. He is coming back, and when He does, those whom He “does not know” will be cast from His presence!
There is a storm coming. The storm of all storms – like nothing that has ever been, nor will be again. We need to know who we are rooted in, grounded in, anchored to. We need to have a secure and active relationship with Him, or we will not stand the battering of the storm.
Do not be complacent
Do not just hope for the best. You must actively pursue right relationship with God. This is not the time for negligence. This is not the time for wandering. We must set our faces like flint, fix our eyes on the One who is able to keep us from falling, and the One who is our only hope and security.
Does He know you? Do you give him access to every part of your life? Do you let Him into every secret, hidden, painful, dark, intimate part of you? Do you know Him with such unshakeable, absolute certainty that nothing, not even the threat of death, would cause you to shift or falter?
We must be ready. He is coming soon, so stand firm in your relationship and commitment to Him, and be encouraged! If you truly know Him, and have a relationship with Him, then He knows you, and He will hold you through the storm. If you have not let Him truly know you, now is the time to focus on developing a true, two-way, intimate, open relationship with Him!
Do not wait until there is no time left to do it.
Written by “Esther” – Emmaus Group Member