“And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:23)
To me, the above verse is definitely the most frightening verse in the Bible. If you look at the verses before this, it says, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?”
Obviously, the people Jesus is referring to were not your ordinary Sunday-only Christians. These were people who thought they were doing good things for God. They weren’t the people who had totally turned their backs on God. They honestly thought they were going to Heaven.
Could it be that these people were relying on Jesus to be their Savior but never accepted Him as their Lord? You may be thinking, “Isn’t that the same thing?” A lot of people want Jesus to save them, they know He is God and they know He died for their sins and accept that. But they have never made Jesus Lord of their lives. In order to do that, you need to turn your life over to Him, totally. He is now in control of everything you do, and everything that happens to you. That includes your illness or disability. When he is your Lord, you give up your right to control your life and let Him run it.
This is not an easy task, but you can really see a difference in the kinds of Christians who do just that. The people who have said the little prayer for assurance of escaping Hell who do not actually make Jesus their Lord have very little change in the way they live.
Please consider where you are in your relationship to Him. Make Him more than just your “fire insurance.”