Do I know Jesus and Does He Know Me?
That’s what it comes down to in Matthew 7. That’s the dividing line that Jesus identifies. In verse 23 he says to the fans, “I never knew you.” So it comes down to a personal relationship with Jesus where you know him and are known by him. We want to put the emphasis on what we say and do. Those things are more measurable. They are tangible. We can point to them in the courtroom as evidence. But Jesus identifies his true followers based upon an intimate relationship. What we say and what we do overflows out of the relationship have with him.
– Idleman, Kyle; Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus; Zondervan; copyright 2011; Grand Rapids, MI; Kindle Edition; page 107