Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, drive out demons in your name, and do many miracles in your name?’ Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you lawbreakers!’ (Matthew 7:21-23)
Pastor John’s Notes:
As Jesus brings his message to an end, he begins to offer both encouragements and warnings. Here is a warning to ensure that we remain in good relationship with him. It is not just the works we do for God that matter, it is our friendship with Christ that determines our future. Apparently, there are many who think they are serving Christ when in truth they do not even know him. To know him is to walk with him.
The most important thing that Jesus wants from us is our friendship. To know someone is to have such kinship with them that we share in their mind and heart. A good servant knows his master’s will so that the master can trust him with everything. Nothing can take the place of our intimate knowledge of Christ, and Jesus is ready and willing to receive everyone into this friendship.
Lord, teach me to walk with you in intimate friendship day-by-day. Let me not be one of the many who propose to serve you yet do not know you. Let my friendship with you be the joy of my life and the source of my service to your and your kingdom.