Our Worst Nightmare

Stan Mast

READ : Matthew 7:21-23

Then I will tell them plainly, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” (v. 23 NIV)

“I want to know Christ.” We began these meditations with those words of Paul in Philippians 3:10. That has been our challenge. Now we come to these words of Jesus: “I never knew you.” That is a believer’s worst nightmare. You spend your life calling on the name of the Lord, working faithfully in the church, and serving bravely in the kingdom, all the while thinking that you know Christ. And then at the end, Jesus says, “I never knew you.”

Those awful words give a sharp edge to the question, do I really know Christ? How do I know that I know? If we’re honest, most of us will admit that we have at times struggled with doubts about this. We’ve talked about the passion to know Christ, the possibilities of knowing Christ, the preliminaries for knowing Christ, and the practices that help us know Christ. Now let’s focus on the proof that we know Christ.

What is the proof that our passion to know Christ is propelling us forward so that the possibilities of knowing Christ are being realized? How can we be sure that we haven’t skipped the preliminaries and are practicing the disciplines that will enable us to grow in our knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ? How can we insure that our dream of knowing Christ better doesn’t turn into our worst nightmare? Keep reading.


Lord Jesus, show us our heart of hearts, so that we can truly know your heart. Amen.