Sunday, January 14: Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord'
We return to our occasional reading from beginning to end through the Gospel of Matthew, which emphasizes Jesus' divine nature and his status as the Messiah—as the Son of David, the Son of Man, and the Son of God.
Read Matthew 7:21-23
"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. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'"
False prophets and teachers aren't the only problem, but false disciples as well. Recitation of the words of repentance doesn't always reflect a truly repentant heart. Even good works that seem to come from God may actually be done for less than godly motives. Though people may be fooled by such charlatans, Jesus is not, and will declare final judgment accordingly.
Jesus admonishes us to do the will of his Father in heaven—not so we look holy to others, but to glorify our heavenly Father. Make that your goal today.