Christian believers have different motives, but very few have a desire to know Jesus, Himself and to be known by Him. Jesus said some words that should scare believers and wake them up. He said: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ Matthew 7:21-23.
Jesus alone, will decide who goes into heaven and who not. He was warning that many believers who prophesied in His name and cast out demons, and in His name performed many miracles will not enter heaven because they practiced lawlessness, and He never knew them. How is that possible? How is it possible to be a believer and perform supernatural miracles in the name of Jesus and He does not know you?
Jesus said, that if we love Him, we will obey Him and follow Him. We read in John 14:21 “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”
Is it our desire to know Jesus, for Him to speak to us, to disclose Himself to us? Do we want to be pleasing to Him, be known by Him? Do we have a desire for Jesus, or only for the things that He can give us? If we do not obey His commandments, His words as recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, then we do not love Him and do not know Him. If we do not have interaction with Jesus then our relationship with Him is not real. We might know the Bible, believe in Jesus, cast out demons, speak in tongues, prophecy in His name, heal the sick in His name and perform many miracles. We might travel the world, preaching, evangelizing, doing missionary work, but if we do not absolutely obey Jesus’ commandments, live holy, be led by Him, His Holy Spirit guiding us, then our works are in vain, our relationship with Him is not real. You cannot be in sin and in Christ.
The apostle Paul was driven by a desire to know Jesus and to be known by Him. He wrote in Philippians 3:10,11 “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; 11in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” He warned against the false Christians, Philippians 3:2 “Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision;” and verse 18 “For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, 19whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.” Such people refuse to pick up their cross and follow Jesus. They refuse to live holy in obedience to Jesus. They are not going after Jesus, but after their lusts.
If we truly love Jesus we will not sin, we will follow and obey Him. We read in 1 John 2:3-6 “By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; 5but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: 6the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.”
There is no place for sin and worldliness in the life of a child of God. Either your life is filled with Jesus and a consuming desire to live holy and please Him, know Him, hear from Him, be led and approved by Him, or you are just religious, deceiving yourself and separated from Jesus, heading for destruction.
What is our motive? Are we seeking Jesus? Have we found Him? Are we getting to know Him better every day? Do we hear from Him and are we staying close to Him. Jesus said: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28and I give eternal life to them,” John 10:27,28.
Are we one of His sheep who hear His voice, are known by Him, and do we follow Him?
May Jesus bless you.