PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Luke 13:22-27
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me you evildoers!” (Luke 13:27)
Jesus is asked about how many or few will be saved.
He shifts the focus to the man who asks: ‘you make sure you are saved!’
Apparently many think they’re saved, but Jesus does not know them that way.
The clue to this mystery is where he describes them as evildoers (v.27).
Their cruel and selfish lives show that they really don’t know him.
Salvation is, and always has been, by grace alone.
But God’s grace gives us what we need to try and to grow (2 Peter 1:3-11).
The question is, am I making any effort toward being like Jesus?
Is there any indication by my lifestyle that I WANT to do be a good-doer?
Knowing Jesus leads to showing Jesus, and this is what Jesus wants for us!
He has offered to help us produce good fruit with his Spirit in us.
We need to ‘make every effort’ (2 Peter 1:3-11) to grow in our faith.
If we do not, we show we don’t care, that we don’t really know him.
If he says ‘I never knew you’, it is because we were not working with him.
Lord, you know both the strength and weakness of my desire to live with, like and for you. I admit I have a long way to grow, but I really do want to know and show you better.