Those are some harsh words. Just imagine right now that you were in what you thought was a good relationship with someone for a long time but deep down in your heart, you never really were fully committed to them and they said to you “I never knew you.” They could sense that you weren’t committed 100%. You weren’t really in love with them and most of them time you took them for granted. You didn’t really want to please them, just yourself….
Well unfortunately, that is exactly what is going to happen to a good majority of ‘believers’.
James 2: 19 “You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. 20 How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?”
Wow… read that again and let it sink in…
Even demons believe in God.
Trust me, you don’t want to spend an eternity separated from God. People will joke and say “Go to hell”, but if they understood what hell was really like, you would never wish that upon someone. It is a real place.
Matthew 13: 49 “That is the way it will be at the end of the world. The angels will come and separate the wicked people from the righteous, 50 throwing the wicked into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Most people spend their entire lives in church, knowing there is a God, but never really commit to serving Him, loving Him, and pleasing Him like they should. Do you know what His words to those people are going to be on Judgment Day?
Matthew 7: 21 “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.”
Those have got to be the most upsetting words in the entire Bible. They literally give me chills. I don’t want that to be me. I don’t want that to be you. If you believe in God….
- do good
- love God
- love others
- serve both
He loves you so much and desperately wants you to spend eternity in Heaven with Him. God wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. (1 Tim 2:4)
He is the only One who can save you.
Ephesians 2: 4 “But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, 5 that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)”