Sunday, 29th May 2016: Saying ‘Lord, Lord’ is not enough to open the gates of heaven!

Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:21
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Reflection: Jesus reiterates the fact that the doors of heaven will only open to those who perform the will of his father and not merely those who say ‘Lord, Lord’. Those who say ‘Lord, Lord’ refers to people known to be christians alright but do not make it a duty to yield their lives to the will of God. The Greek rendition of the word ‘will’ is ‘thelema’. It means ‘what one wishes or has determined shall be done’. To do the will of God therefore refers to acknowledging and performing what God desires that you do in accordance to his word. Thus apart from confessing that you know God, you must be seen to be actually doing what he wills and not what you want. In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus for instance demonstrated that his life was not just that which says ‘Lord, Lord’ but that which was in ever readiness to do God’s will when he prayed thus- ‘ O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt’-( Matthew 26:39). Saying ‘Lord, Lord’ indeed is not enough to open the gates of heaven! Get to do and to walk in the Lord’s will!

Prayer: Lord, help me to do your will at all times.

Confession: I will not just say ‘Lord, Lord’ but be a doer of his will.

 

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