I invited my father to church last Sunday and he turned down my offer, just like every week. But still, I continue to ask him if he’d like to go each and every week, because I have hope.
This week; however, my father and I got into a discussion about church and Jesus.
I said, “Dad, before football season starts, you should come to church with me, it’d be fun.” (I knew once football season started, there is no chance that he’d go)
He laughed and kindly stated that he doesn’t have to go to church to believe and worship God.
And you know what? He’s right
A person doesn’t have to go to church to pray or believe in God, but as Christians, we should go for instruction and that is exactly what I told him.
My father said, “I am a good person, I’m going to heaven.”
I looked at him and quoted Matthew 7:21-23
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you practices lawlessness.”
I think a lot of Christians and people think that they will get into Heaven just because they believe in Jesus, but Matthew 7:21 says “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven.
So you see, we must not only accept Jesus Christ as our personal savior, but we must also live our lives carrying out God’s will.
1 John 2:6 says, “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”
Matthew 5:48 says, “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
Matthew 16:24, Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”
Ephesians 5:1-2 “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”
Luke 6:40 “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.”
1 Peter 2:21-25 says, For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness— by whose stripes you were healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
Many Christians are deceived. Scripture says–> Therefore the Lord said: “Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths And honor Me with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me, And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men (Isaiah 29:13).
Though “we” profess with our mouths that we love Jesus, we have removed our hearts far from him.
Being a follower of Christ, means that we lay down our own lives to live for him. We lay down our own desires for God’s desires and we pick up our cross and follow Jesus.
Our whole existence is the conformity of Jesus Christ. How can we call ourselves christians (meaning= followers of Jesus Christ) and not walk as he walked?
We live how we want to and we expect to get into Heaven???
I’m afraid to tell those that do this, but good works do not get us into God’s Kingdom. He simply stated that we are to do the “Will of the Father Who Is In Heaven”.
What a shame it would be if we live our lives according to our own desirers and flesh, thinking that we are going to end up in paradise. Then when we stand before God, He says, “I NEVER KNEW YOU, depart from me you who practice lawlessness.”
To me, that is the scariest thing imaginable.
It is one of my greatest fears –
The fear of letting God down.
But God has not given me a spirit of fear. He assures all of us that if we abide in him, we are going to Heaven. (Romans 10:8-11)
We should live a righteous, Holy life, according to his word and his will. Allow the Holy spirit to guide you and learn to discern God’s voice. Pray for a sound mind and wisdom. Open your bibles and start reading and ask God for revelation through his word.