As I was reading the Word this past Sunday I came across the Bible Verse Matthew 7:23. It is a verse that I have seen dozens of times before however, this morning I really got thinking about what the verse is truly saying.
For the sake of this writing I would like to jump back and include verses 21 and 22 as well. Below is the ESV version of the Bible Verse.
Matthew 7:21-23: ” Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.
This is a very sobering passage as it illustrates that there will be many Christians out there who will not enter the kingdom of Heaven, and on the day of judgment it will be a complete surprise to them. Even though they may have done great things in His name in the end God will tell them to depart from him because He never knew them.
What is Jesus talking about in this passage, how can Jesus not know those who have done great works in His name?
The key to determining the answer is in the meaning of the Greek word “knew”. In the Greek the word that is used in this verse is “Ginosko”. Translated the meaning gives the idea of an absolute knowledge of, to know intimately, to know every facet about someone, to know in a greater capacity than just head knowledge.
The truth of the matter is that, there are many Christians out in the world today that have a head knowledge of God and do the “Christian” routine when its convenient for them but apart from that they simply live in a way where they blend in with the rest of the world.
In other words many Christians believe and accept Jesus as their savior but they neglect to accept or make Jesus their true Lord.
We as Christians need to wake up and start taking our relationship with Jesus Christ seriously as our eternal lives depend on it . Jesus doesn’t want:
- A Weekend only Christian
- A Cafeteria Christian where we pick and choose what we want to obey. (ex. accepting salvation but rejecting Jesus as their Lord)
- Christians who blend in and cannot be told apart by the world.
- Lukewarm Christians with simply a head knowledge of Him, and no desire to go further than that.
- Christians who are sitting on the fence with one foot in Christ and the other in the world.
Jesus wants to be Lord of your life, He wants to have a full on, intimate relationship with you, where He is made a part of every aspect of your life. He wants you to be so full of Him and so saturated in His Word that the world has no trouble identifying that you are His.
Matthew 6:24 tells us that:
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
It is incredibly important that you understand that you cannot live for God when convenient and then live for the world the rest of the time. He will not accept this, in fact in the Bible it also tells us what he thinks of Christians who are neither hot or cold for Him.
Revelation 3:16 “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”
God wants people who are completely sold out to Him, who not only accept His free gift of salvation, but who accept Him as the Lord of their life. People who desire to grow in Him, to know more of Him and to follow him wholeheartedly even if it means giving up what your flesh wants to do.