I never knew you

So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
(Matthew 10:32-33 ESV)

The terror of having Jesus say, “I never knew you” to me should sink into my heart and strengthen my resolve to speak out in Jesus’ name without fearing the consequences before others. What is embarrassment and ridicule compared to eternal shame and damnation?