Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
– Matthew 7:21 (NIV)
Read: Matthew 7:21-27
For this devotion, there are two main points. These two main points are: the source/cause and the result/effect. Each main point has two subpoints: the wrong and the right one.
Wrong Cause. Verse 21 and 22 relates people always calling “Lord, Lord” and even doing prophecies. But in the following verse (v23), Jesus said, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” Why would that be if they are calling onto him? For the past few days, I’ve been hearing something like this in radio or tv programs, “Many Christians has the Lord but not God.” Or somewhere in that idea. Let me clear that up. Many of us Christians are saved from their sins. But afer being saved from their sins, they do not follow what the Lord tells them to do. They do not do what is right. They just keep on calling and calling and calling onto the Lord but they do not follow Him. they just want to be saved but not live in His command.
Effect of Wrong. Verses 26 to 27 indicates the effect of the wrong cause. It says that those type of Christians have a very weak foundation (sand). Challenges (rain and wind) will come to those kind of people and they will break down and tadah! No more house. It will do down and crash. That’s the effect.
Right Cause. Again in verse 21, it says what kind of people enters the kingdom of heaven: “the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” As simple as that. Do His will and you’ll enter. But that’s what is difficult about it. Us humans, by nature, does sin. We need effort to do what He tells us to do. We have to work hard. Indeed, it’s much easier to not do anything, not read the Bible, not share the Word of God, not pray, not have fellowship, not do those things. But we are sinning. So we have to put effort to read the Bible, share the Word of God, pray, have fellowship and whatever the will of God to you is. In that way, we may enter the kingdom of heaven.
Effect of Right. I’ve mentioned already what effect of the right cause, enter the kingdom of heaven. But while we are here on earth and training to be in the kingdom, verses 24-25 says that those kind of Christians have a good and strong foundation (rock). Whatever comes to them, they stand firm with God. They hold onto Him real tight and He holds onto them likewise. It does not fall. It remains strong.
So, in what kind of cause do we belong? The wrong one or the right one?