BCL Grow: Is Jesus Your Lord? — Matthew 7:21
Matthew 7:21 (Gospel)
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” — Matthew 7:21
“Consider the utter inconsistency of most men's lives with the principles of religion which they profess—you may as soon bring east and west together, as their principles and practice. Men believe that fire will burn them; and therefore, they will not throw themselves into it. But the truth is, most men live as if they thought the gospel was a mere fable, and the wrath of God, revealed in his word against their unrighteousness and ungodliness, a mere scarecrow. — Thomas Boston, Human Nature In Its Fourfold State (p. 68), Kindle.
Steps to Take
1. Consider: Many people think it is enough to attend church and profess Christ as their savior, and God will give them eternal life, even though their ongoing lifestyle reflects that of an unrepentant sinner. Jesus was clear that there would be those who would call him Lord, and even do good deeds in his name, who are not his sheep (Matt. 7:22-23).
2. Examine: If you are actively pursuing a lifestyle that you know in your heart is against God’s commands, having a nonchalant attitude toward your sin, you need to examine yourself as Paul exhorts us to do in 2 Corinthians 13:5 and Peter does as well in 2 Peter 1:10-11. God calls us to repent, take the Christian faith seriously, and cling to Christ, for “there is salvation in no one else” (Acts 4:12).
3. Act: Even though believers will fight against sin throughout this life, a repentant heart and earnest desire to honor the Lord in all things is a great assurance to them that they are indeed God’s children. The Christian life is a fruit-bearing life; walk in the light of God’s mercies in Christ today.
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