Away From Me, I Never Knew You….
Matthew 7: 21-23: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in your name?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
These are some pretty harsh words from our Lord, don’t you think? Exactly what significance do they have for us here today?
There are many, I fear, who are looking for an outward sign as to the manifestation of the anointing of God upon one’s life. People want signs and wonders…do you? The above scripture states that many will perform miracles to behold but Jesus will stand on the day and say, “Away from Me I never knew you.” Are you prepared for that?
Clearly, Jesus tells us that signs and wonders will follow those who believe. Are you looking for signs for the sake of the sign or are you using the God-given power you have been given as His child (do you know you even have power?) to help further the kingdom of heaven upon this earth while putting the power in the right perspective in your heart?
As fallible humans, Jesus already knows that we are going to want to seek a sign or a wonder of some sort. He is telling us that to have an intimate relationship with Him is better than performing…I have been used by God to give many signs but it seems unless signs are constantly ever present, that people tend to fall away from seeking a personal relationship with God. We have been so conditioned in the body of Christ to look for outward signs that we can’t seem to get our heads out of the clouds and come back down into the earth and buckle down to actually “do” God. We don’t seem to have the steadfastness and faith to believe in God unless there are signs.
We are a fallen lot of people and I honestly believe that God is beseeching us to attain a higher calling in Christ Jesus but we are still on the bottle and haven’t even come close to the true meat of the word in our walk with Christ. We desperately need to buckle down and quit running all over hell and creation looking for a word or a sign. We need to stop pounding on the gates of heaven asking God to give us power unless we intend to get our hands dirty by doing the will of the Father in heaven. We need to get up and be steadfast in our everyday lives and hearts, doing diligently what God puts in front of us to the very best of our abilities.
Hype is fine but at the end of the day when the word has been delivered, hands have been laid on to heal or the prophesy given, you still have to wake up and start your day just like everyone else. There are no free tickets for anything in the kingdom and I can tell you that God has already tested, proven and tried those whom He is going to use for His glory and to get souls into the kingdom. Don’t be fooled by signs. It is the life lived wholly separated unto God that has been through the fire that He approves of. It is the fire walked through that causes the Fire of the Holy Spirit to flow through. Everything else is cotton candy and will be exposed for what it truly is.
Put the bottle down and come up to the big table to eat. It is only God who tests the mind and the heart and He knows exactly whom He has chosen in this end-time harvest of souls. This is not a game to God, so be wise who you listen to.
Will He thrust you aside or will He beckon you come unto Him as having known Him?