Does Jesus Recognize You?

Mar 16th, 2009 | By | Category: The Basics (click on Article name)

Does Jesus Recognize You?

Many people call themselves Christian, but not everyone who says “Lord, Lord, (that is, I am a Christian), I have done many good works in your name,” will be accepted by Jesus as one of his own. Jesus says that we must be a Christian both in spirit and in truth! Many have the right spirit but have not the truth. Many have much knowledge, but have not the right spirit. Both are required. These are very startling statements. Many go about saying I am a Christian and therefore I am “saved” (going to heaven), but are they? How do we harmonize that statement with Jesus’ very own words?

“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. 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?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ ‘Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Mat 7:21-24

Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, “Lord, lord, open to us.” But he replied, “Truly I tell you, I do not know you.” Mat 25:11-12

We can do all the “right” things. We may even do things that require a great deal of faith, but in the end Jesus will say “I never knew you.” God says “there is a way that seems right to a man, but the ends thereof are the ways of death.” This means that our natural thinking and reasoning process is wrong; contrary to God’s thinking, and that we can’t simply call our self a Christian and do it the way we think is right.

“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” Luke 6:46

Does Jesus require us to do more than just profess his name as our own? We know that without “faith” we cannot please God, so isn’t that enough? Can we just go to Church on Sunday and think we have a “get out of Jail Free” card and we go directly to heaven and be part of the “bride of Christ”, because we put our 10% in the plate each week? If we think that’s all it takes to get into heaven then we are living an illusion like the ones spoken above. We are also no different than the Scribes and Pharisees, who gave a good show before men.

So what does the Lord require of us?

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Mic 6:8

The prophet Micah says that God has shown us what is required of us, therefore we are without excuse. We cannot enter into heaven by our own way, God has laid out a path that we must follow, if we go in some other way that is not directed of the Lord, than we are a thief and a robber, and therefore not acceptable to him (John 10:1). Peter likens the Christian path to a racecourse, because we are not to take a stroll in Christianity and meander about wherever we feel like, picking flowers along the way and enjoying the scenery. We have a job to do, and it is to run that race and to finish that race. The race that God set before us and not one we fancy in our own minds (1 Cor. 9:24; Heb. 12:1).

Having said all of this, here is a test to see if we are on God’s racecourse and that we are running on that course. Its up to us to finish the race, but its important to see if we are even in the race.

Do you love the Lord with all your heart, soul and mind? (Mat. 22:37; Mar. 12:30; Luk. 10:27)

Do you study the His word? (2 Tim. 2:15; Joh. 5:39; Mat. 4:4; Deu. 8:3; Act. 17:11; 2 Pet. 3:18; 1 Cor. 14:20; 1 Tim. 4:6; Eph. 5:10)

Is your heart and mind changing? (Rom. 12:2; Mat. 22:37; Eph. 4:17, 23; Php. 2:5; Col. 3:12; 2 Th. 2:2; Tit. 1:15; 1 Pet. 1:13, 14; 2 Pet. 3:18; 2 Cor. 10:5; Php. 4:8; Jam. 3:10)

Do you regularly commune with God? (Mat. 6:5-7; Luk. 18:1; Luk. 21:36; 1 Cor. 14:15; 1 Th. 5:17; Jam. 5:16; Heb. 4:16)

Are you obedient to His word? (1 Pet. 1:14; Jam. 1:22; Act. 5:29; Rom. 6:16; Gal. 3:1; 2 Th.1:8; 2 Th. 3:14; Heb. 5:9; 2 Pet. 4:17; Luk. 8:21; 2 Cor. 10:; Mat. 7:21, 24, 26; Luk 6:47, 49; Joh. 9:31; Jam. 7:17; 1 Joh. 2:17; 1 Joh. 3:17; 1 Sam. 15:22; 1 John 1;6; 1 Th. 4:1)

Would you rather be with God and his people, or be with your friends and family (who have no interest in studying God’s word?) ( Mat. 10:37; Mat. 12:48,49; Mat. 19:29;  Luk. 8:21; Luk. 14:26;  2 Cor. 6:14; Eph. 5:11; Heb. 10:25 )

Do you love your Neighbor as yourself? (Mat. 5:43, 45; Mat. 22:39; Mar. 12:31, 33;  Luk. 10:27,36,37; Rom. 13:9,10; Gal. 5:14; Eph. 4:25; Jam. 2:8; Mat. 5;44; Luk. 6:28)

When problems come up between you and another Christian, do you communicate it to them? (Mat. 5:23,24; Mat. 18:10,15,17 ; 1 Cor. 8:12)

Do you look for ways to lay down your life for Jesus and your fellow Christian? (Mat. 25:40; Luk. 22:32; Gal. 5:13; Gal. 6:1; 1 Th. 5:14; 2 Th. 3:13; 1 Pet. 1:22; 1 Pet. 3:8; 1 Joh. 3:14, 16; Joh. 15:13)

Have you been baptized into Jesus’ death? Do you know what that means? (Rom. 6:3; Rom. 12:1; Eph. 5:2)

Are you running the race? (1 Pet. 1:10; Luk. 13:24; 1 Cor. 9:24,26; Php. 2:16; Heb. 12:1; 2 Pet. 1:10)

Are you suffering for Christ’s sake? (1 Joh. 3:13; Joh. 15:18; Php. 1:29; 1 Pet. 2:20; 1 Pet. 3:14)

We may not have all of these qualities in the fullest measure, but we need to be working on them and looking for them. If we are not even trying to do what God wants us to do, and to be what God wants us to be, why do we think we go to heaven? There are many more items that could be listed, but if we are diligently working on these twelve, we will know what else is expected of us and gladly run to do it.

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