In Matthew 7:22-23 Jesus says, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
Why would Jesus say this too someone?
Why would He tell people who were calling Him Lord that He didn’t know them?
The answer may be found in Matthew 25:31-46. Both parties involved asked the Lord the same thing. “When did we ever see you hungry or thirsty?” The thing that separated them both was the fact that the ones told welcome had not been looking for the Lord and the group told to depart had been.
Why would they say that they had not seen Jesus thirsty or hungry and then not help those in need? The answer is that they were only looking for Jesus in a selfish way. Yes anyone would have helped the Lord if they had seen Him in need, but these folks had not seen Him. They had not seen an opportunity to make themselves look better and receive praise from men and get on the Lord’s good side.
We can see them same problem for those in chapter 7. These folks called Jesus Lord. They had obviously gone through the motions that every believer had. They prophesied. They cast out devils. They had performed many wonderful works in the name of Jesus. They knew who He was yet the problem was that He didn’t know them.
Many times we look to a certain event or specifications that we go through as evidence that we are saved. We use church membership, water baptism, and other activities as reason for our being saved. Many folks have been duped into the fact that just saying a prayer is all that they need to be saved when the real evidence lies in your heart. We can go through the motions and still not be saved. (Acts 8:6-24) It is when we truly repent of our sins and accept Jesus as Savior into our hearts and lives and we turn from our past sinful ways and head in the direction that the Lord leads us in.
In the same way we as Christians can truly be saved calling Jesus Savior but not Lord. He can change our lives but we don’t allow Him to be Lord of our lives. We get saved and we have the hope of the future in heaven but we miss the wonderful fellowship that we can have when we let Jesus be Lord of all as well as our all.
We must remember that we are crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20)
And the life that we live is not ours to live anymore. We should let Christ live and love through us and not live for our flesh anymore (Galatians 5:24) God’s word tell us to be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) which denotes the difference between being under the influence of alcohol, being controlled by it and being under the influence of the Spirit of God. We should live our lives daily for the Lord. A daily filling of His Spirit and a day-by-day walk though the power the He gives us. It is not a hard walk, you just have to let go and let Him lead you. Ask Him to fill you with His Spirit each day and walk in the reality that He will lead you, He will sustain you, and He will be there with and for you when all other fail. Take His hand and let go of this world (Matthew 6:24) and live your life for Him each day (Romans 12:1) Stop living for the flesh. Stop living for this world and start living for His glory. It is then and only then can we truly call Jesus Christ our Lord and Master. He is either Lord of all or not Lord at all.