Can you find the sheep getting to know Jesus better by reading His Bible?
Can you find the goat doing stuff for Jesus without getting to know Him?
What do you think the pictures are trying to teach you about the Kingdom of God?
Jesus is warning us that there will be “many” people who come to the door (heaven) expecting to get in but won’t be allowed to enter. They will be surprised that they are not getting into heaven. Jesus tells them to get away from Him because He never knew them. These people were doing lots of chores (works) for Jesus, but they did not take time to get to know Him. Having a relationship with Jesus, knowing each other, is most important.
How do you get to know someone? Spend time with them? Ask them questions? Let them ask you questions? How do you get to know God and Jesus better? Spend time with Him. Read your Bible every day with a hunger and desire to get to know God. Pray to Him each day. What does God care about? What does Jesus think about money or love or exercise? What does He teach about being married? What makes Him happy? Get to know Jesus and tell Him all that you think and feel. It is all about a relationship with Jesus.
Read Matthew 7:21-23 again:
How are you different after reading these verses?
Dear Jesus, I want to be best friends with You. I want to know all about You and tell You all about me. Please help me to see how important it is to spend time together and I will make time in my day for You. Not time for phones or TVs or video games. Time only for You. I can’t wait to get to know You better. Amen.