More Than A Prayer

Matthew 7:21-23

True and False Disciples

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

My heart has been burdened for a while, by many things. There is one that is extremely heavy, because there are many people I know, who I care deeply about, and I am not going to judge anyone, but I do not have a certainty in my spirit that I will see them in Heaven.

When I again read the above passage, my heart ached as some names came to mind.

In the above verses, it is Jesus speaking about who will and will not enter Heaven. Jesus plainly states that only those who do the will of His Father will enter Heaven.

We have the Word of God to guide us in the Will of God for our lives. But many never read God’s Word.

So many people have told me they are Christians, going to Heaven, because at one time they uttered some words asking God to forgive them of sins. Some have even said they ask almost every night for God to forgive them.

The lifestyle of these friends have not changed though. Many still get drunk often, as a way of blocking out life. A number have a promiscuous lifestyle, thinking that will help them find happiness for a while.

Again in the above Scripture, we read of people saying to Jesus, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ And Jesus replied, ”I never knew you, away from me, you evildoers.”

The friends and acquaintances I am thinking of, truly believe that one prayer offered at some time in their life is their ticket to Heaven, they will not even listen or pay attention to anything said beyond that. Going to church, hearing the Gospel preached is never considered. When invited, they are never interested, too busy, or too tired.

I will not judge them, but love them, pray for them, but according to the Scripture above, I do not understand how I will see them to Glory without changes made in their perspective, understanding and lives.

God has done miraculous things, is still doing, and will continue to draw many to Himself, through our Lord Jesus Christ, by Holy Spirit.

So we can never give up on anyone.

God Bless.

About gmgoetz

I am on the journey of life, attempting to follow the teachings of Jesus, live in His Love, and share His Love however He leads, and to whomever He leads.
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4 Responses to More Than A Prayer

  1. MJThompson says:

    Not to infer any disagreement, because I fully appreciate what you’ve shared and believe it to be true. However, I humbly submit this added perspective.

    You rightly quoted Jesus – “… only those who do the will of His Father will enter Heaven”. To properly comprehend what He meant by that, we must understand what ‘the will of His Father’ truly is. Many have erroneously taken portions of Scripture out of their original context and emphasized points of doctrine based solely upon single verses, rather than the complete revelation the original context declares.

    Here, the point Jesus conveyed is based upon a foundation built upon the righteous conclusions other passages of Scripture teach regarding what the true revealed will of the Father is = that NONE should perish, but receive eternal life. Of course Scripture adequately presents ALL the requirements for acquiring eternal life = believe on Him Who the Father has sent (Jesus Christ).
    According to a full research into the WHOLE of Scripture, the unique ‘qualifier’ rests upon a personal ‘knowledge’ of rightly identifying and KNOWING Christ. This comes by GRACE through the personal indwelling of His Spirit (becoming Born Again).

    Therefore, proper introduction to true God in Jesus Christ is the real purpose of ‘preaching the Gospel’. Here again, the emphasis is upon ‘knowing rightly’ which comes ONLY by true revelation of God through the Holy Spirit. Many have NOT rightly understood this and have unfortunately disqualified themselves by substituting good works and godly service for a personal right relationship with Jesus.

    The passage you quoted concludes with, “Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never KNEW you. Away from me, you evildoers!” It is NOT what we do for God, but what God through Christ has done for us. Those who truly KNOW Him understand this profound difference.

    “For it is GOD who works IN you to will and to DO in order to fulfill His good purpose” – Phil. 2:13.
    “Jesus said, “Truly, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” – Jn. 3:3.

    As you pointed out the lack of ‘changed lifestyles’ as evidence for your concerns, the same gracious God that you hope has saved you, loves ALL people. I truly believe that Jesus intentionally started with fishermen, transforming them into ‘fishers of men’. Like all good fishermen, Jesus ‘catches His ‘fish’ FIRST, then uses the rest of their lives to perfect their cleansing. Just because little evidence appears NOW, don’t ever discount God’s ability to save.

    Trust God. His GRACE# is sufficient. He wants your friends ‘in heaven’ much more than you can possibly desire. In the meantime, model true examples of Christ that they may see and desire to KNOW!

    • gmgoetz says:

      A couple of points: I do not “hope” God has saved me. I “am certain He has”, with no inkling of a doubt at all. I never “discount God’s ability to save”, as I never discount God’s ability to do anything good, bringing glory unto Himself.
      Only God knows when a person calls out to Him for salvation at the last second, before the final breath is taken, or the heart has it’s final beat.
      There have been two friends who ignored Christ for years, along with their families, when they were well. I continued to visit each of them when they were in the hospital during their final days.
      Within 12 hours of the passing of each, the families called, to let me know, asking me to come to the hospital with them. As we had some time together, and each was unconscious, I again shared Jesus Christ, His life, death, resurrection, and promised return with each. I spoke into their spirit. I told them as I was praying, and they could repeat after me, in their spirit and mind, if they heard and desired.
      Each one signified to me, in a different way, that he knew and accepted Jesus Christ as Saviour. I am looking forward to seeing each in Heaven on the Glorious day I arrive there.
      So, of course I knew God’s love for them, that is why I never give up sharing Christ’s Love and Salvation with anyone, as well as praying for a softening within them to actually listen, when they hear the Good News.

      • MJThompson says:

        May I reiterate, from my opening in my past reply – “Not to infer any disagreement, because I fully appreciate what you’ve shared and believe it to be true”

        I am happy to know that you are “…certain He has [saved you], with no inkling of a doubt at all.” And that you “never discount God’s ability to save”. I am sorry if you felt that I was exhorting you to accept ideas foreign to your faith. I did NOT.

        As a 1st time visitor to your blog, the awkward ‘getting to know each other’ phase unfortunately requires a better meeting of the minds only (and rarely accomplished) by ongoing familiarity. May we continue from here in mutual agreement and appreciation by celebrating that which we do share – Jesus Christ.

        P.S. great to hear about your friend’s death-bed conversion!

      • MJThompson says:

        May I reiterate from my opening in my past reply – “Not to infer any disagreement, because I fully appreciate what you’ve shared and believe it to be true”
        I am happy to know that you are “…certain He has [saved you], with no inkling of a doubt at all.” And “never discount God’s ability to save”. I am sorry if you felt that I was exhorting you to accept ideas foreign to your faith. I did NOT.
        As a 1st time visitor to your blog, the awkward ‘getting to know each other’ phase unfortunately requires a better meeting of the minds only (and rarely accomplished) by ongoing familiarity. May we continue from here in mutual agreement and appreciation by celebrating that which we do share – Jesus Christ.
        P.S. great to hear about your friend’s death-bed conversion!

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