Knowing the Password is Not Enough

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23. (emphasis supplied) Is it possible that we are great at working Christianity, but lousy at following Christ?
Here Jesus is indicating that many who come to Him who have done ‘religious‘ or ‘Christian’ things will be turned away because they did not do what they did at His direction. If we are to follow Christ, we must follow his voice and follow his direction. “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” John 5:19. Jesus tells us that he can only do those things which the Father does and at his direction because the Son (Jesus) can do nothing of himself. Jesus went on to say, “For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.” John 12:49. In verse 12 of John 14, Jesus said those who believe on him, would not only do the works of Jesus, but would do greater works.
If we are to do those greater works, we must be like Jesus and do only what we are told to do, and say only what we are told to say. Those who called him Lord and did the works that he did, were denied access to the kingdom. Why? He said he never knew them. If they had consulted him as to what to say and what to do, he would have known them. Obviously, they were doing ‘their own thing’, albeit ‘religious’ things, but of their own selves. Jesus said he could do nothing of himself, why should we think we can do anything of ourselves. Whatever we do of our selves will not be what gets us into the kingdom.
We must follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, who was left after Jesus left, to be our guide, our comforter and our teacher. He will lead us into all truth. John 14:26, John 16:13. If we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, do what he tells us to do and say what he tells us to say, when we say, Lord, Lord, he will welcome us in because he knows us.

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