If you’re reading this, more than likely, you know and believe that Jesus Christ is Lord. That’s not a question for you anymore. The truth is… many believers say that Jesus Christ is Lord OVER their lives, but the real question is: Is Jesus Christ Lord IN your life? It’s one thing to say and believe that Jesus is the Son of the Most High God (YAHWEH), but it’s another thing to demonstrate your beliefs by serving Him.
The Bible tells us that many will go before the Lord and basically try to reason with Him. Matthew 7:22-23 reads: On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”
There’s a key word here that I want you to see. Jesus called them “workers” of lawlessness, meaning, He was in fact examining their works! But it wasn’t their works that got them cast away from Him; it was their lack of a relationship with Him! You see, they will be too busy telling Him the “works” they did in His name and He will answer them by reminding them of the “works” which revealed the very nature of their hearts. They performed like believers, but their lifestyles reflected who they really served. To them, serving Jesus was just a job, a title or the fulfilling of an expectation, but it was a relationship with Him. That’s why He said He never knew them.
The word “know” in the Biblical text is oftentimes used as a word reflecting intimacy; for example, the Bible oftentimes spoke of a man “knowing” his wife. This was text used to describe the coming together of two people as one through sex. In each case where a man is said to have “known” his wife, the text is followed with something to the effect of, “…and she conceived a son.” This means that something was born of the man knowing his wife.
When the Lord says that He never “knew” a person, of course, it has nothing to do with sex; it has EVERYTHING to do with relationship and intimacy. He is saying that the person in question:
did not come to Him regarding important matters
did not trust Him
did not truly believe upon Him OR saw Him as past tense (dead), meaning that the person acknowledges His death, but obviously has not embraced His resurrection
does not regard Him as Lord IN their lives, even though they acknowledge Him as Lord OVER their lives.
What’s the difference in acknowledging Christ as Lord in one’s life versus over one’s life? Think of it this way. Many people are subjects to the laws of the lands in which they live, but this does not mean that they follow those laws. Get it? They are subject to those laws by default and sometimes by choice, but they became lawless when they decided to rebel against those laws. People do the same with God. They acknowledge Him by default (learned behavior) or by choice (expectancy, fear, the need to fit in, etc.), but they do NOT serve Him which means they are lawless or “workers of lawlessness.”
Who do you serve? Are you serving the God whom you acknowledge or are you a lawless citizen of the Kingdom? Understand this: You become lawless when you know what’s expected of you, but you choose to do otherwise.