Are we hearers or doers? Do we examine the motives of our hearts in our daily lives? Whose ways are we following? It’s vital to our journey that we question our directions and thoughts; otherwise, we are easy prey for going astray.
In Matthew Chapter 7, verses 21-23, we will look at keywords and dissect their meaning and learn how we can begin walking in the fullness of who God called us to be.
Jesus declares in verse 21: “Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but those who do the will of My Father who is in Heaven.”
Let’s look at it another way: calling Jesus a Supreme authority, master and one who is in control of our lives only matters if we abide, agree, continue in, execute, fulfill, celebrate, keep, and journey in the choices, purposes, decrees, desires, and pleasures of God.
Verse 22: On Judgement day, however, it seems that it will come as a shock to many that their wonderful works didn’t get them a free pass when Jesus says that:
23. He will profess unto them that He never knew them; and to depart from Him because they work iniquity.
Here, Jesus acknowledges that never at any time, did He speak, understand, or come to know them personally, because they committed, ministered about, and engaged in wickedness, illegality, unrighteousness, and violation of the law.
The central question becomes: Is it possible to be so blind?
Jesus leaves no room for misinterpretation. Those in this category didn’t seek God; they followed their heart and not the Father’s. Having pursued their understanding of the Word and not the Holy Spirit’s wisdom, they did things their way.
Many times, our emotions can betray us if we aren’t consistently checking our motives and behaviors against the Word of God, which discerns the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). Paul would say it like this:
“If you think that you are standing firm, BEWARE, because you may be the one who falls” (1 Corinthians 10:12 – my emphasis).
When we repeatedly sin, our spiritual receptors fall asleep, and we dismiss the promptings, convictions, and warnings of the Holy Spirit, which can lead to the worst-case scenario: feeling like we’re accomplishing a lot for the Kingdom of God, when in reality, we’re succeeding at our agenda.
Let’s look at the following verse: But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. (1 Peter 1: 15-17).
It starts by examining ourselves. So, we ask:
Is Jesus the supreme authority in my life?
In what areas of my life am I doing it my way?
Am I being honest with myself concerning my walk with Christ?
Holy Spirit will show us our secret sins that we may change our ways. He will then lead us into deep cleansing and pruning, which is a painful process. Why?
The corn of wheat falls to the ground and dies (John 12:24). We die to our desires, pleasures, wants, and choices for those of God because only then do we get “much grain.”
The infallible truth is this; if we are only hearers and not doers, we fool ourselves (James 1:22) because faith without works is dead (James 2:20).
So, when we look in the mirror, we question: Are we hearers or a doers?
Repentance is not a feeling – it’s a choice to change our filthy ways. We must determine to persevere until we are leaning our heads on Jesus’ chest and can recognize the rhythm of His heart (see John 13:23).
Take, for example, Matthew. He had no clue that he would become the author of the first book in the New Testament when he abandoned his dreadful ways in response to the words: Follow Me (Matthew 9: 9).
So, have we ever wondered where our obedience could take us?