“Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and driven out demons in Your name and done many mighty works in Your name? And then I will say to them openly (publicly), I never knew you; depart from Me, you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands].” Matthew 7:22-23 ->me: Reading through Matthew verse by verse for my Quiet Times has helped me understand this verse so much better. It has not lost it’s scariness, but it has gotten less unpredictable. How can you know that the Lord Jesus won’t say these words to you at the Day of Judgement? Its all about my heart. Looking back to chapter 6:1-24 is an explanation of how to avoid hearing this terrible phrase “I never knew you…”. When I play Xbox games I tend to be very achievement driven (those of you who play know what I am talking about). I will play a game to get the easy Gamer Points to up my score and affect my cred…but it doesn’t mean I love the game I am playing. I am just playing the game to get the points that make me look better to others. I know this is a weak analogy but it is the best one I can come up with this morning. 🙂 The people in these verses have already received their reward; they likely were prophesying, and driving out demons in Jesus name because they got recognition for it…not because it brought glory to the one and only person Who deserves ALL the glory. Lord please help me to keep my heart directed at You, seeking to do only Your will and in that giving You all the credit and recognition for all that I do in Your Name.