Summary: Not everyone who talks about heaven is fit for God’s Kingdom! Jesus is more concerned about our walk than our talk.We must act out of love and if we love the truth we will seek it and walk in it! If we love a lie we have no trouble finding it and it will
The Day of Judgement will surprise many people! Lip service does not impress God.
Matthew 7:21 (KJV)
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.
A superficial religion might satisfy the casual observer, but Jesus demands obedience from the inside out. David says:
Psalm 51:6 (NIV)
6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.
God’s desire is that in the innermost places, under the surface, in your heart, in your mind that is where your will to follow will be found.
Jeremiah 17:10 (NIV)
10“I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”
Do your actions live up to your words?
Matthew 7:22-23 (KJV)
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?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Jesus will expose those that give lip service and do not have a personal relationship with him. “In that day” The day of Judgement God will settle all accounts, judging sin and rewarding faithful obedience. Many may feel that just being a good person, saying religious things, going to church once in a while, that God will reward them.
That is not what God wants!
Matthew 7:24-25 (NIV)
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
True Christians not only hear but put into practice the words of Jesus. Jesus explains by acting on His words one is found to be wise, and one that builds upon the Rock is not a phony, not superficial in their faith. Is your faith put into practice? Would Jesus consider you to be wise? Not everyone who talks about heaven is fit for God’s Kingdom! Jesus is more concerned about our walk than our talk.
We begin our walk with Christ full of excitement. Fully intending to do whatever it takes to make it all the way. But after a while, Christianity becomes too daily. It’s the same thing over and over again. The same prayers, the same worship, the same Bible stories; we want to follow Jesus but we begin to drift. We get side tracked, or never on track at all. The excitement cools, our dedication weakens, we begin to neglect prayer and study and church. (Did you realize there are 3 gatherings of the Lord’s people a week?) Before we know it, our faith is weak, perhaps even dead. What then . . . ?
Your house (which stands for your life) will withstand the storms of life, ONLY if you do what is right and not just talk about it or know about it. Some people wonder if they are a good Christian, if that is you start acting like one. Some jabber about faith, but faith must be shown by faithful living, and that’s how others see who we are.
2 Corinthians 13:5 (NIV)
5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?
Most people don’t deliberately seek to build on an inferior foundation, instead they just don’t think about their life’s purpose. Many people are headed for destruction not out of stubbornness but out of thoughtlessness. I have heard the Gospel, but I’m not ready to obey the Gospel. Not being ready is being lost! It’s being ready to disobey!
Do you believe Jesus is the Son of God?
Do you believe that Jesus was a propitiation for our sins?
Have you repented of your sins and been washed in the blood of the lamb?
Matthew 7:26-27 (NIV)
26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
Are you wise or foolish? Chart
Wise or Foolish
Hear and Act or Hear and ignore
Prepared or Unprepared
Walk the walk or Talk the talk
Faithful or Unfaithful
Obedient or Disobedient
Life built on rock (Jesus) or Life built on sand (Satan)