“Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” – Matthew 7:23
Often, we might think we’re OK. Our culture certainly promotes the “I’m okay, you’re okay” philosophy. The world says you can believe what you want and it will be okay.
But is it true? It is only true if you have a relationship with Jesus Christ. If you don’t, you’re missing out on the most important thing in life!
Many people know of Jesus, but they do not know him. Do you really know Jesus?
You might think you have a good relationship with Jesus because you go to church, serve other people, give generously, or engage in some other “religious” activity. Yet, if your heart has not been transformed by Jesus, if nothing internally has changed since you came to know who Jesus is, then perhaps there is no relationship. Perhaps other things are taking the place of Jesus in your life.
Jesus warned that many in the judgment would come expecting a reward for their external religious activities, yet Jesus will tell them, “I never knew you.” He will say this because their hearts are not right with God.
The communion service (Luke 22:14-21) celebrates our life in Christ. It affirms our fellowship with Jesus and it commemorates his sacrifice for us. The bread and the wine symbolize his broken body and shed blood. In a very real sense, when we partake of those symbols, we are sharing in his sacrifice and we are celebrating oneness with him.
Communion points to the cross and the cross points to God’s love for us (John 3:16).
If we have Jesus, we have everything we need. If we don’t, then we have nothing.
We all need to periodically reevaluate our lives and our priorities and place Jesus at the top of every list.
Nothing matters more than our relationship with Jesus.