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!’”
Your words strike fear in my heart. I suspect you intended that too. They deal with my sinful, selfish nature that always wants to be king. They make me scan my life and look for what I need to apologize to you for. They make me repent of willful neglect of my duty with family and friends. They remind me that a relationship with you is not just words but heartfelt belief and actions that grow out of that faith. I’m not a Christian because I do works along side my sins. I’m a Christian because I repent of my sin and cling to you for mercy. My works are irrelevant when it comes to you and me. It’s all based on faith. I do trust you. And I want you to be able to trust me too. Help me be your true follower, Lord Jesus.
Pastor Don Patterson
Jesus sees the heart. So, worship him there.