KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 7:21 ” Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”
HOLINESS is simply to do the will of the father. It is the only pass mark that would give you access to heaven. Our key scripture reveals a very serious statement. The Lord Jesus said, not all who say Lord, Lord shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven. It is not everyone who carries his or her bible around will make it to heaven.
In the proceeding verse the Lord reveals a scene that would happen on the last day, the day of judgement. Matthew 7:22 ” Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?” He said on that fateful day MANY (not a few) will say to Him. Lord admit.us into your kingdom because we healed the sick in your name, we cast out devils in your name, and many more. The Lord said on that day he will tell them go away from me ye workers of iniquity. Please note the following words, miracles, preaching to save men are all the works OF GOD not the acts of any man. MORAL UPRIGHTNESS is when you submit your will to him. It is the acts of submitting your will to Him that counts. Satan also works miracles but cannot submit his will to God’s will.
Now the serious aspect of that statement is that, the Lord said, I NEVER KNEW YOU. He is not even saying you were once mine but fell off. How could this be since these people have been in church doing God’s work? It is not necessarily what you do but your MOTIVE. These people from day one have followed, fame, money, self-glory not Jesus. They claimed they were seeking God but it was something else. Apostle Paul describes such people in the following verse.
Philippians 3:18-19 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
The underlying point is that they mind earthly things. This. becomes the motivation of their actions. Their agenda is not Projecting the Lord Jesus. On this the Holy Spirit tells me many preachers are falling short. A lot of church members are also wanting in this. Dear, reader, pastor or whoever you are, what are you following? Are you following your belly, the glory of men, the beauties of this world or Christ?
The accusation of the Lord in that statement is these people are not qualified because they are workers of iniquity. Among the many meaning of the word ‘workers’ is the word “traders”. Within this word is to merchandise the Grace of God. Don’t make money your motivation for holding programmes. It is an evil motive. May the Lord help us.
Father, I pray for myself and every other Christian to align our focus well. May we never set our bellies as our God and the earthly glories our focus but to follow you alone.
Philippians 3:8 ” Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,”
Matthew 6:33 ” But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”