“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.” Matthew 7:21
“Talk is cheap!” You can be promised anything. The salesman can tell you that his product lasts forever. It lasts about as long as the payment plan that pays for it. The repairman promises to come tomorrow. Tomorrow seems to never come because he can’t be found.
The same is true with religious lingo. Many a person has promised to follow the Lord but lives for the Devil. Their language camouflages their claim to faithfully live a Christian life. Like the door-to-door salesman, the sales pitch is well rehearsed, but the value is found in the delivery of a useful product, not just a good sales pitch. Too many can talk the talk without walking the walk.
Just before this scripture, Jesus affirms that we can recognize others by the fruit their life bears. The true measure of our life is what we produce more than what we say. All the religious activities in the world mean nothing if there is not a transformed life living for Christ as the product. Even those who don’t understand spiritual dynamics are repulsed by hypocritical lifestyles that say one thing and live another.
While many may stand in judgment of our life, one is eternally important. One day, each of us will stand before the Lord to give an account of our life. In that day, promises will mean little. Good intentions will not be enough. Devout spiritual activity will be unimpressive. The only matter to be discussed is how well we did the will of our Heavenly Father.
True believers are totally committed to please the One who has saved them from sin and its consequences. True believers commit their life to represent the Lord and His kingdom which is not of this world. True believers are born again to be responsive to the mission divinely given. True believers stand the test of time and do not waver when pressure comes.
When the day comes that we stand before the Lord, the only matter to concern us is that we revealed by our love, our actions, our priorities, that we consistently sought to please the Lord.
Instead of making another idle promise to God, why not go do what you know he wants from your life. He is the one who has given you this day. He is the one who holds the future. He is the one who will decide if you pass the test. He is really the only one that matters. Talk with your actions. Have the integrity to make your word, your bond. One thing you can rely upon is the fact that the Lord is good for His word. You do your part and He will do His!
Bro. John A. Temple is pastor of Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church, 4032 Poplar Springs Drive, Meridian. Visit the church website at www.psdbc.org. From the Shepherd's Heart is published Fridays in The Meridian Star.