Is Just Crying “Lord, Lord” Really Enough?

Daily God Walk for Thursday, April 29, 2010

Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.   – Matthew 7:21

 The term “TV Evangelist” carries a negative connotation. In many circles if you want to get people talking negatively just mention a TV preacher you were listening to. Unfortunately, there is good cause for the unbelieving public to be totally disenchanted with preachers on TV. I’m a believer and much of what I see upsets me.

Not to say that there are not many sincere ministers who preach a consistent message of faith and redemption who have found a place on TV. But, the reality is that there are too many of them who cry, “Lord, Lord, haven’t we done these great things in your name,” yet when it comes to walking in the humility that Jesus projected they fall short.

This message is not a diatribe against TV preachers, but it is showing us that mixed among the sincere pastors and evangelists there are those whose “god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things” (Philippians 3:19).

The reality is that many of us face the same challenge on our own level. We try to provide for our own creature comforts while pleasing God at the same time. It seems easier to keep our faith on the periphery of our life while pursuing life on our own terms. When we are in church with other believers we find it easy to speak “Christianeze,” but in the workplace one has to look close to see any evidence of our faith.

In these concluding verses of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus seems to be calling people to be true to the core believers. Putting on the show for others to see our spirituality earns nothing with God. Only those whose heart is pure and whose works are genuine acts of love will be recognized as true believers.

God is looking for servants whose only motivation is love from a pure heart and whose works show Holy Spirit inspired compassion. 

 Principle:  God honors those who serve out of a pure heart.  

 Affirmation:  I keep my heart pure so my works are God’s works.

 Prayer:  Heavenly Father, help me to guard against putting on a show for others to see. Let my works be true acts of love and compassion. Amen.

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