Google+ 12/06/12 Walk the Walk!

Matthew 7:21-23

 

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.’" 

 

There will be lots of "gnashing of teeth" over this devotion today!  Matthew is quoting Jesus in today's Scripture lesson.  Jesus has been speaking about false prophets and He stops for a moment to make sure no one misses the point.  Jesus clarifies of whom He has been speaking.  It is not the people we think of when we think of "false prophets."  Jesus tells us today that the false prophets He is speaking of are none other than those who look, and in some ways act, like Christians.  At the day of final judgment, Jesus says these very same false prophets cry out to Him for salvation.  They begin to quote places and times and events where they have "prophesied and cast out demons" in His name.  They even go as far as to say they have performed miracles in Christ's name.  Have you ever made a claim for Christ that really wasn't His but was yours alone?  There have been times in my life like that.  I had to go back and repent.  I was speaking for Jesus, but it wasn't the Lord doing the talking.  Read that opening sentence carefully.  Jesus says that not everyone that calls out to Him will  enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  Wait a minute.  Stop the presses.  How can this be?  Aren't we taught that everyone who calls on the Lord will be saved?  Aren't we taught that God is a loving God?  Haven't we been told by every minister on the planet that God is a God of second chances?  Of course we have been taught all of these things, over and over again.  So, have we been lied to?  The answer to this question is yes and no.  If your plea is genuine, you will be saved.  If your repentance is honest and true, you will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  Jesus says that if you truly call on His name, you will actually do the will of His Father.  All the time.  Not sometimes.  Not only when it is convenient.  Not just on Sunday.  Who makes that judgment?  Jesus does.  I have unfortunately seen, in my many years of ministry, a lot of false prophets.  They profess Christ.  They "talk the talk."  They simply don't "walk the walk."   Let's be careful here because Christ has a "no nonsense" policy about these folks.  I didn't make this up.  Read the last line of the Scripture.  Jesus says, "I will reply that I never knew you."  O boy, this is a big one.  No second chance?  No lobbying?  No trying to make our case?  Nope!  Jesus will tell us to get out and accuse us of being "law breakers."  What we need to learn from this Scripture is that our actions should match our words.  Our salvation experience must be real and genuine.  Jesus expects us to both "talk the talk" and "walk the walk."  No shortcuts.  Use your discernment when listening to people who profess Christ.  Watch their actions.  Determine if their actions match their words.  If they do, treat them like Jesus will and embrace them daily.  If they don't, stay away.  They are probably false prophets who will never make it to the kingdom of Heaven, and they may drag you down the opposite path with them.  After all, if Jesus is going to deny ever knowing them, that is good enough for me!