S.O.A.P. Devotion 2018-12-08
Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer
“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. 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?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”
Matthew 7:21-23 ESV
This is a hard saying. It indicates that many who call themselves Christians are not actually Christians. They will not enter heaven. The ones that enter heaven will be those who do the will of God or in simpler terms those who do things the way God wants them done. Jesus goes on to say that many of those will be people who are active in churches and will have done lots of things supposedly in the Lord’s name. He is showing the difference between doing things that look godly but may not be real and being really obedient to God from within. Then the Lord will say that he never knew them.
The hard reality is that not everyone who says they are a Christian really is. A real Christian does right things because it is who he is deep down and not to impress others or try to buy salvation. Some of these will be people who call themselves Christians but live like the world. But many will be churchy people or even false teachers who teach and preach for their own gain. As hard as it is to think, many will be people who prayed the “sinners prayer,” but never really meant it. We need to be sure that our commitment to Christ is real. If we make a true commitment, his grace changes us to do his will.
Father, let my commitment to you remain real and don’t let me mislead others to a false commitment that might give them earthly peace only to suffer later. Your gift of salvation is the best gift I ever received. Let me walk true to what you did in me so that when when I stand before you, you will already know me as one of yours.
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