From Matthew 7
“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 who is in heaven. 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 in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
The reason we buy homeowner’s insurance is to protect ourselves from suffering a loss in the event of an unforeseen catastrophe such as a fire or a weather related disaster. The same thing is true of car insurance. It’s about protecting ourselves from financial loss. So, we buy insurance…just in case.
In Matthew 7, I think Jesus was addressing those who treat Christianity like it was some kind of insurance policy. “I should read my Bible, just in case. I should go to church, just in case. I should be generous every once in a while, just in case. I should profess faith in Jesus, just in case……..just in case……all this stuff about God is true.” They might think they’re saying all the right things, but their hearts aren’t in it. They don’t really believe. They’re just trying to cover themselves…..just in case. There’s a problem with that kind of thinking. It’s not real faith. It amounts to nothing more than just going through the motions.
I believe what God is telling us through that passage in Matthew is that there is more to Christianity than simply going through the motions. There’s more to becoming a Christian than just saying that you’re a Christian if there’s no faith or belief. And believing is the key. People can say the words, but unless the words are accompanied by genuine faith, unless they truly believe in their hearts that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, unless they believe He died on the cross for their sins (this includes repentance), and that He really is the only way to the Father, then they will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. That’s what Jesus said. And when they come to Jesus pleading their case, saying “Lord, we did all these things in your name.” Jesus said He will answer plainly, “I never knew you. Away from me evildoer.” And why is it that Jesus said He will never know them? Because they never really knew Him, nor did they believe in what they were doing and saying. They never truly believed in Him.
And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.
Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone. It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never be shaken.
The people of Nineveh believed God’s message, and from the greatest to the least, they declared a fast and put on burlap to show their sorrow.
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
The only way to know Jesus is to genuinely believe in Him and accept Him as your savior. Words without belief are empty. We call it “lip service” and God does not honor lip service. God honors honest and legitimate faith and keep in mind that it only takes the smallest amount of genuine faith; the size of a mustard seed Jesus said. And if you know Him, if you truly know Him and believe in Him, then Jesus already knows you, and He’ll never send you away.