True disciples

November 9th, 2009

In Matthew 7:21-23 there is a section titled, “True disciples” in the NLT Bible. It comes immediately after a section that talks about false prophets so it gives us a contrast between the good and the bad disciples. It says…

“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

As I read this section of Scripture two things spring to mind.

1. Being a true follower of Jesus is about being obedient to the Father’s will – I have found that my Christian walk works best when I seek God and ask what He wants me to do. Rather than just run around and do all the “good” things I could do, I need to be obedient to the Father’s promptings and then do my best to complete them.

2. Being a true follower of Jesus is about relationship – Jesus’ words “I never knew you” shows us that it is possible to do good works and not be in relationship with Him. I can have an intellectual knowledge of God and copy what other ministers do and get good results, but a personal relationship might not exist.

True disciples are obedient to the Father’s will and are in an ongoing personal relationship with the Son.

God Bless,

Dave

PS. This message is also available in MP3 here.