Matthew 7:21 – December 2, 2020

Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Matthew 7:21 NABRE           

Jesus is teaching and speaking about who will enter the kingdom of heaven. He shares a rather unusual exchange, describing who will enter the kingdom of heaven, with Himself as the judge of the world on the final day. Jesus describes an exchange He will have with evil doers. The sinners He addresses are not what we might expect; serial murders, combative atheist, godless rulers, etc. Rather, He calls into question those who lived their lives as professed Christians. People who call Jesus Lord and who claim to have done miraculous works in His name. Yes despite their Christian claims, Jesus declares, I never knew you. For Jesus religious profession is no substitute for a personal relationship with Jesus and the obligation to obey the Father’s will. If our creed and conduct are out of alignment, then our profession of Jesus as Lord and Savior is not a true submission to the Father’s will. There are even those who will perform miracles in Jesus name, coming from charismatic grace, and yet these will not be welcome into the kingdom of heaven. Jesus has always stressed obedience to the word He has spoken and He is must be the foundation of our lives. All are destined to stand in judgement before Him and when that day comes, Jesus will test whether we put His gospel into practice or merely heard a message, even spoke it to others but failed to live it.

How do you live, do you walk the walk or just talk the talk. The message of Jesus is difficult and it is rare to find someone who truly lives to fulfill the will of the Father more than they want to live a refined life that witnesses to happy, perfect Christians sharing joy but not resources. 

What do you profess? Do you live what you profess?

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