September 30, 2012
Jesus was talking to a multitude of people. Young and old, lazy, enthusiastic, rich and poor and yet they all got a lesson from Him; so much so that they wanted more.
Jesus is setting them straight. It is not about religion but relationship. Jesus is not talking to the Pharisees, the high-falootin’. The Pharisees would never come to Jesus saying “Lord, Lord”. It is those in the trenches. Not everyone who says “Lord, Lord” will enter the kingdom of heaven. It is not about works or whatever people say it takes to get there. It is about what God says.
To get on the heaven bound train you need the right ticket and the ticket is Jesus. Doing God’s will is what gets us heaven bound. People think about heaven as being in the sky but Jesus is taking about the kingdom of heaven; becoming a part of the family of God.
Many will say to Jesus at the Day of Judgment, “have I not…” And HE will say depart I do not know you. Why? Because what is missing is that they have not walked according to the Will of God. It does not mean that they have disobeyed the law of this land. You may have lived a perfect life to the world’s standards but not embraced Jesus Christ which is God’s standard.
Jesus is saying, you are saying the right words but your allegiance is not with me. God wants us to know why we are here.
As we live our lives for the Lord we need to challenge people about their lives. No one wants to hear God say, I never knew you.