On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ . . . But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’ Matthew 7:22-23 NLT
She flashed her light repeatedly but her husband kept going.
Katrina and her husband were traveling to visit family. These were the days when people had to invent ways to signal each other. Flashing lights were a common signal. When Katrina flashed her lights, it meant she needed to stop for a restroom break.
Some miles down the road—as they approached a rest area—Katrina flashed her lights. Her husband kept going, passing the rest area as if he had not seen her signal. As the next rest area approached, she flashed her lights again. Once again, her husband kept going. Katrina was perplexed. She was giving the proper signal. Why wasn’t he stopping? She flashed her lights again. She didn’t care where they pulled over. She needed to find out what was going on. Why was he ignoring the signal?
Suddenly, a car like her husband’s came up quickly behind her with lights flashing. She looked in her rearview mirror. The man driving was her husband. How could that be? He was in front of her.
At the next rest area, she pulled over and so did her husband. He clarified what she was confused about. A car similar to hers had gotten in between her and her husband earlier on. Her husband did, in fact, pull over at the first rest area, but since she was following the wrong car she had kept going. It was a case of mistaken identity. Her husband had had to travel at speeds of one hundred miles per hour to finally catch her.
Being mistaken about another car is one thing; being mistaken about your soul is more serious. And some will be according to Jesus. Some will think they’re heaven bound when they’re not. Some will think they’re on good terms with God, but won’t be. Finding this out on judgment day will be horrible. No second chance to change will be offered.
God wants us to know for certain that we are right with Him and have eternal life. And we can. Being right with God isn’t about good works, whom I know, who my parents or grandparents were, or whom I hang around with. It is only about whether I’ve made a conscious faith decision to follow Him as Lord.
Don’t be a case of mistaken identity. Know who you are.
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Prayer: Father, we thank You for letting us know who we are.