Text: Matthew 7:21
“Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven”. The Lord Jesus Christ emphasized the ultimate goal of His coming and of his sacrifice and of fellowship with Him-entering the Kingdom of heaven. Mere knowledge that Christ is Lord without making Him Lord of our lives will not grant us any place in His kingdom. “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46). Great profession of submission to Christ without the possession of grace to obey Him is of no value to Him.
Our fine talk, praying, reading bible, dressing in a particular way, observing fasting, belonging to a church or fellowship, knowing all the various names of God, etc if it is not supported with a faithful walk in His way, the narrow way, is insufficient to obtain an entrance into His Kingdom.
- THE INSUFFICIENCY OF SUPERFICIAL DEVOTION (RELIGION) WITHOUT REGENERATION
Matthew 7:21; Ezekiel 33:31,32; Titus 1:16; James 2:17,20,26
Many churches, fellowships are filled with youths who say “Lord, Lord” but who do not obey the word of God. They profess much with their mouths but do not possess grace in their hearts. They talk of the Lord but they do not walk with the Lord.
Do you know that a youth can know a lot of bible quotations, sing a lot of church hymns, be part of the choir, baptized in water, confirmed in one’s church etc. Revelation 3:1, 17-22, will count for nothing where genuine conversion is absent. Even the most religious worship is worthless before God if sincere obedience to God’s word is lacking. If our hearts are empty of God’s grace and if our lives are devoid of godliness we shall be weighed in the balances of heaven and found wanting. For our Christian testimony to be acceptable to God, for our profession to receive heaven’s approval, we must be born again, our hearts must be renewed, our will must be surrendered to God, and our character must be transformed.
- THE INSINCERITY OF SENTIMENTAL DISCIPLES DEVOID OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Matthew 7:21; Psalms 78:35-37; Matthew 18:3; John 2:23-25;3:3,5; James 1:22-27
During the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, many superficial, sentiment followers called Him “Lord” but their hearts did not cleaved unto Him. They were not wholeheartedly committed to Him and he could not commit himself to them.
“A certain man said unto Him, Lord, I will follow thee withersover Thou goest”. “And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but…” (Luke 9:57,61). Like many others, their hearts did not agree with their mouths; their will did not support their words.
All outward profession by the youths will be found useless and soul-damning on the final day of reckoning if it is not accompanied with a gracious characters in doing the will of the Father. No matter how loudly the youths profess to accept Christ and His teaching, unless they are whole heartedly committed to “doing the will of God from the heart” (Ephesians 6:6), we shall be shockingly disappointed on that day. Obedience to God’s Word is what marks the youths out as God’s children.
- THE INDISPENSABILITY OF STEADFAST DEDICATION TO RIGHTEOUSNESS
Matthew 7:21; 12:49,50; Philip 2:12-16; 3:6-9; Hebrew 12:11-14; 2 Peters 1:5-11
“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” (Matthew 7:21). As youths, we all want to get to heaven after our life on earth. Are we making any preparation to see our desire or hope fulfilled? Some hope to enter the Kingdom of heaven on the basis of water baptism without repentance, or regular church attendance without being born again or self-righteousness and good works without “the righteousness which is of God by Faith” or involvement in ministry without freedom from sin and iniquity. Such youths are building their hope on the sand.
The religion of head knowledge without heart transformation is not sufficient to take any youth to heaven. Associating with God’s people being called ‘brother’ or ‘sister’ by church members, is not enough. That will profit us nothing on the day of judgment when the secrets of men will be brought to the open. “There is a generation that is pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness” (proverbs 30:12). The will of God is that we should forsake all our sins, trust in Christ to forgive and cleanse us from all unrighteousness and follow Him in unwavering obedience all the days of our lives. Then and only then, can the youth hope to enter into the kingdom of heaven.