We can’t just sit back and think we are good and not try and live out our faith by learning from God to live our lives just as Jesus did, fully devoted to God. God has given us the most amazing gift in the world and we can’t do anything to earn it, Jesus came for all of us, but we can choose not to accept it and take it for granite not doing anything that is honoring to God. When we open our hearts and fill up with the Spirit we desire to learn and live like Jesus did loving God the Father and working to do His will. Even Jesus did something; He did God’s will even when He wanted out. Three times He asked God to take this cup of suffering but not my will be done but yours. How many times do we say I believe in Christ but we still act and do what our will desires not what God desires? When we choose not to have a relationship by putting God first and being the hands and feet of Jesus we get this warning.
Matthew 7:21 says “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.”
In Luke 6:46-47 says; “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord! When you don’t do what I say? I will show you what it is like when someone comes to Me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it.”
Do we believe in Jesus but don’t want to live according to God’s will? That is scary, why would we live for this world and think going to church or giving or having a bumper sticker does anything for you. The gift is for everyone but the prize is for the ones that choose life and Jesus is that life.
In John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.”
And He says in Mark 8:35, “If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.”
Accept the gift and use the gift, don’t let it be something that is left in your closet collecting dust because you only believe. Be fruitful and willing to live for God so you never have to hear as Jesus says in Matthew 7:23 “But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from Me, you who break God’s laws.” Amen