What Jesus Did! 'Away from Me!' — Matthew 7:21-23

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

"Not every person that says that I am his Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven. The only people that will enter the kingdom of heaven are those people that do the things that my Father in heaven wants. On the last day many people will say to me, 'You are our Lord! We spoke for you. And for you we forced out demons and did many miracles.' Then I will tell those people clearly, 'Go away from me, you people that do wrong. I never knew you.'"
— Matthew 7:21-23 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 7:21-23 NLT — ' Then I will tell those people clearly, 'Go away from me, you people that do wrong.

Key Thought

While you can fool all of the people some of the time, you can never fool the Lord at any time! False teachers may deceive others, but never the Lord. Substituting proclamations of faith for a life of faith won't cut it. Substituting mighty acts in Jesus' name for living a life of righteousness won't cut it either. Deception, sham, falsehood, manipulation, and hype are works of the Evil One and will be handled as such by the conquering Savior.

Today's Prayer

Holy Lord, I want to follow you: not just in talk, but also in word and deed. Almighty Lord, I want to reflect your character: not just in Bible study, but also in daily lifestyle. I want to know you by knowing your character, service, and righteousness through living them in my life. In the name of your holy Son, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 15:7-9
  • Matthew 23:27-28
  • 1 Corinthians 13:1-3


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.