21 “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. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
I remember reading a book about a young Christian boy who was enrolled in the German army. During the war, he got hit by an enemy’s bullet which led to noticeable injury on his leg. Surprisingly he felt no pain and had no need of treating it.
After about a week, he observed a decay around the wound and noticed he had difficulties moving his leg. He was immediately rushed to the hospital to have his wound checked. Unfortunately, his leg needed to be amputated as the rot had set in. The young boy was going to live the rest of his life on one leg because he failed to disclose his Injury.
Jesus teaching in Mathew told the people “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven“. Dear brothers and sisters, this is very serious. So not everyone we see in the church lifting up “holy hands” and shedding tears will enter the kingdom of heaven? Verse 22 makes it even more scary “On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?” This shows that even church leaders are not exempted. These men he is referring to prophesy, they cast out demons, speak in tongues, use olive oils, fall people down, etc. Child of God, we all must be careful.
How then do we identify these guys? Jesus explaining further says “Only those who do the will of the Father in heaven” will enter the kingdom of God.
How do you identify does doing the will of the Father when you do not know the Father’s will?
The world is full of “fakes” you must have a personal relationship with Christ to stay safe. YOUR PASTORS ARE NOT gods! Seek to know God by yourself. Paul commended the Berean Christians for their dedication of searching through the scriptures to confirm what they hear.
In a world where many are interested in making a name for themselves, acquiring wealth, and subjecting people under their control, we all must be careful not to be deceived.
Know the will of the Father by studying His word. God bless you
By Joshua Sopuru