“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven…” What a way to start a morning, especially for someone who starts every morning with a, “Lord, Lord.”
Jesus says only the people who do the will of the Father will see heaven. These words are so easily twisted into the judgment of God. I’m sure Westboro Baptist thinks they are the ones who will see heaven. Several other people come to mind who use words like, a “true faith”, or a “real Christian” that I would put in this same category. But, I don’t need them to feel judged by these words. I’ve got my own insecurities. Am I doing the will of God?
The older I get the more I understand the kingdom of heaven is not some far off Fantasy Island I will experience when I die. The kingdom of heaven is something I live in. The nearer I am to God the more visible it becomes to my soul. If you ever felt joy flowing so deeply it moved you to tears, then you understand what I mean.
In this week’s podcast, my guest shared 2 observations I found profound. She said she learned some times God does give you more than you can handle. As I listened to her I thought, it was never God’s design for you to handle everything. The second thing she learned was you are never alone. No matter what your current circumstance might be, you’re never alone.
What is the will of God? It is to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself. Rarely does anything Jesus say move too far away from these two commandments. To do them means to pull the words out of the book and weave them into your life. Not so you can be good, but so creation might be well.