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Time with God - December 5

Sunday, 5 December 2021

Matthew 7:21-23

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” 

The evidence of real conversion is a changed lifestyle!

This is a scary passage. These people thought that they were a part of God’s family, but they weren’t. They may even have been well-known ‘Christian’ personalities, famous for their messages from God, their casting out of demons, and their other miracles. But on the day of judgment, God will say to them, “I never knew you”.

They thought their miraculous pieces of evidence were proof of God in their lives, but their hearts were not submitted to God. Jesus says to us today that the thing that demonstrates God’s activity in our lives is that we do the will of God, that we obey and honor God with our lives.

Obeying God isn’t the way to become acceptable to God. None of us are good enough for that. But after we’ve been made acceptable because of what Jesus did (not what we do), then God begins to change the way we live.

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