“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.’ (Matthew 7:21-23 ESV)
My elbow nudged deeply into my husband’s ribs when a semi-familiar face appeared on the movie screen, ‘Hey!’ I whispered, ‘we know that guy!’
No sooner had the words left my mouth when I realized what a farce that was. We didn’t know him . . . we had just worked with him briefly for a few hours and here I was bragging that I knew him. People do that though, don’t we? We love to name drop in order to make ourselves feel more important, or to find some kind of validation.
The thing is, if the famous man from the movie walked into a room and saw Don and I, would he nudge his friend and exclaim that he knew us? No. In fact, I would doubt he even remembered meeting us!
So often I am approached by people who confess to be Christians, but not long into the conversation, their lack of knowledge of Him causes me to wonder, do they really know Christ? And, if they don’t know him personally, but rather know of Him, why do they pretend? Is it because they are delusional or are they associating with the name of Christianity in order to find some validation or hope of eternal salvation? We need to be bold enough to ask those who flippantly call him savior if they really do walk with Him daily and if He is their Lord. This matters!
Jesus said that many would say, ‘Lord, Lord’ but that he would say in response that He never knew them. This verse should cause us all to stop in our tracks and pause. Do we know Him . . . truly know Him? Can we call him Lord of our life?
Father, help us to be true followers as we daily submit our wills and lives to you.