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.