Matthew 7:21-23 - Having A Relationship With Jesus Is A Must!

Matthew 7:21-23 (NIV) "Not everyone who says 
to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of 
heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father 
who is in heaven. 22 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 
perform many miracles?' 23 Then I will tell them 
plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you 


   Does todays verse make you nervous? 
And what about the next verse, which states, 
Many will say, Lord, did we not prophesy in 
your name, and in your name drive out demons and 
perform many miracles? Jesus answers that 
question with, I never knew you. Away from me, you 
   You might say to yourself, If those 
miracle-working, demon-busting guys arent making it with 
the Lord, what about me? Ah, but dont be 
intimidated by people who seem to be on some higher 
spiritual plain. If Gods not impressed with 
so-called miracle workers, we shouldnt feel 
insecure around them, either. 
   Now, dont get me wrong. Bonafide 
miracles are going on. But if all you hear is 
Lord, we did this, Lord, we did that, 
Lord, look at what was done over here by us, 
realize that God is not swayed by showy drama. 
Hes not impressed with all the wes. 
Neither is he impressed when we recount to him all 
our good works, all that weve done. Such 
things are never a passport into heaven. 
   The one who quietly perseveres and does 
the simple, everyday will of the Father will 
enter the kingdom. 
   And what is Gods will? To be like 
Jesus. To let him shine through you in a patient, 
loving, and enduring way. Whatever you do, whatever 
you are, as long as youre like Jesus, 
youre in Gods will. Thats not such a scary 
idea after all, is it? 
   Lord, thank you that I dont need to 
put on a show to impress you or anyone else. 
Thank you that my task is to imitate you in every 
way I can, every day of my life. Help me today 
to do just that. [Joni Eareckson Tada Daily 
Devotional for June 5, 2020: 


The Priority Of Relationship
   Ephesus was the home of a tremendous 
ministry. Despite harsh persecution, the church 
planted by Paul endured opposition, spread the 
gospel, and was quick to challenge false prophets. 
But 30 years after the apostle left, Johns 
revelation included a stern warning for those 
   Imagine how the words of Revelation 2 
must have struck the Ephesians when they read 
them. After complimenting their service to the 
gospel, Christ said, But I have this against you 
... That phrase was no doubt extremely 
disconcerting. The Lord warned them that they had left 
their first love. In other words, all of their 
work was being done with wrong motives. 
   Christ called the Ephesians to remember 
their love for Him and their delight in His 
salvation. Service is no substitute for an intimate 
relationship, but modern believers continue to fall into 
this subtle trap. The commendable things that we 
do count for nothing unless they stem from a 
vibrant personal connection with God. Our work 
cant be effective or fruitful unless He is in 
   In fact, God is more interested in you 
and your personal relationship with Him than in 
a thousand lifetimes of good works. He desires 
to be the satisfaction and delight of His 
children so that their service is a result of loving 
   There are plenty of wrong reasons to 
labor for the kingdom. However, God is satisfied 
only with service motivated by love for Him. He 
wants those with selfish intentions to return to 
their first love. In that way, hearts and minds 
can be renewed, and service to the Lord will be 
more fruitful. [In Touch Daily Devotional by 
Charles Stanley at www.intouch.org re Rev. 2:1-7] 

Fearlessly Facing Eternity
   Joe Allbright is a fair and fearless West 
Texas rancher, a square-jawed, rawboned man with a 
neck by Rawlings. In Andrews County, where I was 
raised, everyone knew him. 
   One of Joes sons, James, and I were 
best friends in high school. We played football 
together. (More honest, he played while I guarded the 
team bench.) One Friday night after an 
out-of-town game, James invited me to stay at his house. 
By the time we reached his property, the hour 
was way past midnight, and he hadnt told his 
father he was bringing anyone home. 
   Mr. Allbright didnt know me or my 
vehicle, so when I stepped out of the car in front of 
his house, he popped on a floodlight and aimed 
it right at my face. Through the glare I saw 
this block of a man (I think he was in his 
underwear), and I heard his deep voice. Who are 
you? I gulped. My mind moved at the speed of cold 
honey. I started to say my name but didnt. Mr. 
Allbright doesnt know me. My only hope was that 
James would speak up. A glacier could have melted 
before he did so. Finally he interceded. Its 
okay, Dad. Thats my friend Max. Hes with 
me. The light went off, and Mr. Allbright threw 
open the door. Come on in, boys. Food is in 
the kitchen. 
   What changed? What made Mr. Allbright 
flip off the light? One fact. I had aligned 
myself with his son. My sudden safety had nothing 
to do with my accomplishments or offerings. I 
knew his son. Period. 
   For the same reason, you need never fear 
Gods judgment. Not today. Not on Judgment Day. 
Jesus, in the light of Gods glory, is speaking 
on your behalf. Thats my friend, he 
says. And when he does, the door of heaven opens. 
   Trust Gods love. His perfect love. 
Dont fear he will discover your past. He already 
has. Dont fear disappointing him in the 
future. He can show you the chapter in which you 
will. With perfect knowledge of the past and 
perfect vision of the future, he loves you perfectly 
in spite of both. 
   Perfect love can handle your fear of 
judgment. [Max Lucado Daily Devotional at 


Matthew 7:21-23 - Knowing Jesus And Doing 
God's Will: 


If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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