Four words I would not like to hear Jesus say to me are, "I never knew you," but He will say them. Many will say in their defense, "Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?" Then Jesus will answer, "I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!" (Matthew 7:22 NIV)
People may talk religious and do wonderful things, but if they do not have a relationship with Jesus, all their good works are as filthy rags. Love, real love, God's amazing love makes the difference. Have you been touched by the love of Jesus? When that happens, you are changed forever. You never want to be without God's love in your life. You want to stay connected so you pick up His word, the Bible, and read it. Every word speaks to you personally. You find yourself with God's people in church. You sing praises to God and thank Him for all He does for you.
Think About It
If you feel alone and in despair, there is hope. Say the name of Jesus and know He is near. Say it over and over again. You will know He is with you. I know, because I have been in despair. I have felt alone and lost. God's love changed me. I responded by loving Him and others. That's what God's love does.
Pray About It
Heavenly Father, be with the one reading this message. Let him or her know You are near and that you want to be his or her best Friend forever. Help him or her to trust You with their lives. Amen.