The difference between “I never knew you” and “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
What is the difference? The difference is doing what you think is good for God, as opposed to what God leads you to do.
The Lord spoke to me on my drive today. I was thinking to myself “What can I do? I feel like I’m not doing enough for God.”
Nothing. There is nothing I can do that would be beneficial, there is only what God can do through me. It is only with His leading that anything can and will be done according to His will. It is often out of impatience and lack of understanding that we rush to accomplish Gods Will for Him. We run here and there thinking that anything we do in “the name of the Lord” will be pleasing or helpful to Him, when in reality it is likely that we are not helping. God is more than able to lead us where He wants us, He is more than able to let us know the very words He wishes us to say in any given moment. The problem is that we are rarely listening to Him. I am working on hearing Him. I know He is speaking, I just don’t know how to hear it, or perhaps it’s that I don’t trust that what I am hearing is really God, or maybe deep down, I don’t really want to hear it.
It is not just good works, but our obedience to God.
So what is the difference?
The difference is your will vs The Fathers.
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
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; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness!’”Matthew 7:21-23