“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.” (1 Chronicles 28:9, NIV 1984).
“Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” (Matthew 7:22–23, NIV 1984).
My Musings – There will be no pulling the wool over God’s eyes. God “searches every heart and understands every motive.” Were we sincere when we “acknowledge[d] the God of [our] father[s]?” Was He acknowledged “with wholehearted devotion?” Was He acknowledged “with a willing mind?” Works (“prophesy in [His] name, and in [His] name drive out demons and perform many miracles”) are insufficient to secure entrance into His Kingdom unless preceded by a sincere acknowledgement of Him by accepting His Son as our Savior. Anything short of that will result in Him telling us plainly, “I never knew you.” Apart from acceptance of His Son, “he will reject [us] forever.“
My Advice – Does this sound harsh? It needn’t be. “If [we] seek Him, He will be found by [us].” As Jesus told Thomas, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6, NIV 1984). He also said, “whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:37, 39–40, NIV 1984). “Eternal life” as opposed to being “reject[ed] forever.” Seems like a no-brainer to me.