The Bible is full of verses that can bring joy, comfort or fear; it all depends on the perspective of the reader. There is a verse that used to cause me considerable discomfort. I used to wonder if it was talking about me, and if it was – how would I know? Jesus talks about people standing before the Heavenly Judge without fear or humility. They are so self-absorbed in their own conceit they even brag about how great they are before Almighty God. They have no idea of their own sins.
There are many in this world that falsely create their own ideology of what they believe makes up a Christian. Many of these beliefs are self-serving and contrary to the Gospel. As a result there are many that attach themselves to the name of Jesus Christ while denying the simplicity of salvation and the power of His grace.
My grandfather told me that if you tell a lie long enough you will begin to believe it yourself. I believe that this will be the case with many who stand before Christ at Judgment. I guess the greatest irony to those that have betrayed the grace of Christ to fit their own agendas, is that they will be allowed by God to keep their braggart ways and sense of self-pride right up until the moment that they are judged.
Matthew 7:21-23 “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 performed many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you – Away from me, you evildoers.
I used to read the words in the 23rd verse, and used to be fearful that I somehow would not see if I were estranged from God even though I was serving Him. I was afraid that the words “depart from me, I never knew you” might pertain to me. As I grew and matured in the Lord, He showed me that those who will speak those words standing before Christ will have lived a life consumed by serving a pseudo-grace, created by their own imaginations to fit their own selfish needs. Those that don’t get it now, sure won’t get it then, even standing before God they will brag to Him about all they have done in His name. I can’t imagine anyone standing before God and telling him all the great things that have done – unimaginable! But Jesus said that they will.
I realize that if I were standing before God, I would be afraid, confident in His grace but still fearful; after all being in the presence of God is unfathomable to imagine. I no longer have to fear that I will “miss the boat” as I have humbled myself before the throne of grace, thankful for His mercy. It is not about doing great exploits, casting out demons or performing miracles – it’s all about grace. The only thing great about any one of us is Christ in us.
If one ever finds themselves bragging about their great exploits in Christ, marveling and telling others all the great things that have done in Christ’s name, Matthew 7:23 should serve as their reminder that those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God. Hebrews 10:31
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