“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 who is 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 in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
I believe we are in a very critical time. Our world is moving at a more rapid speed then I have ever witnessed before to the coming of our Lord and Savior. I believe that the stage is being set, and the dress rehearsal has even begun. When we compare some of the events of today with the Word of God, we see that “the kingdom of God is at hand”, and as the scripture says, we need to “repent and believe in the gospel.”
What does that mean, to repent and believe in the gospel?
With that statement comes a sense of urgency, a call to action. Don’t wait anymore for the coming of the Messiah, for He is here among us. Repent, change your mind about sin. No more being lukewarm…you have to be all in. Believe in the gospel, not in part of it…the whole of it. Not just the words that we love to hear, but the words that we MUST hear. The words repent and believe go hand in hand. You can not fully believe the message of salvation and not turn away from your sin. Not that we will be perfect, only Jesus was perfect, but turning our sinful desires into a desire to live fully and completely for God is what is asked of us.
To be completely honest with you, Matthew 7:21-23 has always concerned me. How do I know that I won’t be one of the people that God tells “I never knew you”? How do I know that I am going to be welcomed into God’s presence with the words “Well done, good and faithful servant!” Oh how I long to hear those words. I want to know beyond a shadow of a doubt. How do I do that?
The meaning of faithful is to be loyal, constant, and steadfast. To be true to the facts.
If I am a faithful friend to someone, that means that I am all in. I will be true to that person in the good times, in the bad times, and in all the times in between. So the same needs to be true of my relationship with the Lord. I need to be on fire…I need to share His gospel with those around me…I need to follow His word, all of it, with such passion that it will overflow to those around me; that I will not be able to hide His spirit within me. I don’t want any part of lukewarm in my life, areas of gray need to be gone. I need to be all in or all out for Him, and I choose to be all in. I choose Him completely over the gray areas. I choose Him to draw the line in the sand for me…to call me to a life of complete obedience to Him. To be set apart from the world. I want the world to look at me and not see me at all, but see Him. I want to be sold out for Jesus. And when my time in this world is over, I want to be greeted by the One who I love and be told “well done, my good and faithful servant…enter into the joy of your Master.”
Oh that our eyes would be open to the things happening around us. That we would realize the urgency that is upon us, and that we would act with obedience to what God is calling us to.
God give me all that I need to be all that You made me to be.
Help me to get rid of the gray areas in my life.
I want my life to be “Christ in me”.
May I be found faithful.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day — and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
2 Timothy 4:7-8
Submitted by: Ali Gooderham