So Easy To Read, So Hard To Do: Cheap Talk Can Be Costly (Matthew 7:21-23) (XXIII)

This is the twenty-third in a series of blogs on the ease of reading the words of Jesus in the book of Matthew … and the difficulty of following them.

Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.”
(Matthew 7:21-23)

In Matthew 7:22, Jesus shares that there will be people who will say, “‘Lord, Lord have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?'”

Cheap talk can be costly.

And His response will be (Matthew 7:23), “‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'”

There is a life and death difference between practicing lawlessness and doing the will of God. The Message (Matthew 7:23) puts it this way, “‘You missed the boat. All you did was use me to make yourselves important. You don’t impress me one bit. You’re out of here.'”

There is an eternal difference between cheap, inauthentic talk and doing the will of the Father. Easy to read, hard to do.

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Links to the previous blogs in this series can be found at Links to So Easy To Read, So Hard To Do.

About drjstewart

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