“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’ Matthew 7:21-23
This is scary scripture because Jesus reveals something that most Christians don’t talk about. We believe in God’s grace, His saving grace, yet this scripture clearly tells us that we are to go and do God’s will and if not, the results are devastating. This scripture makes me think and ponder the ways in which I am doing God’s will.
Recently, a coworker told me about a conversation with another person about how to know God’s will. She stated if we are in an intimate relationship with God, then we know God’s will. I agree with that assessment. If we are seeking God, spending time with God, praying to God, then we take one step at a time with God in God’s will. God doesn’t give us a huge laid out plan of the future, He gives us one step at a time. The Holy Spirit prompts when appropriate and then there is our opportunity to follow.
Jesus is clear that we are to live a transformed life and the disobedient lifestyle is inconsistent with genuine discipleship. I don’t know about you, but seems clear to me that intentional faith development toward being a true disciple of Jesus Christ is important to our Lord Jesus. So much so, He’s willing to turn away from some and say “I never knew you”. I have a feeling this breaks Jesus’ heart as much as it broke God’s to see his Son die for the sins of all.
What are you doing today to reflect True Discipleship in Jesus Christ?