Words from the Heart for Saturday June 6th, 2020
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.
Matthew 7:21 (NIV)
The Will of the Father
Canadians concerned about the personal ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic rushed to update their wills and sign power of attorney documents, an important step for millions who have no such plans in place, experts say. Amid ongoing calls to stay home and practice physical distancing, online services designed to help with estate planning saw a surge in business. One online will company saw its sales and website traffic double between the middle of March and the beginning of April.
Back in the day when Billy Graham crusades were taking place, I was often amazed when I read stories of pastors and other church leaders who got saved while attending one of the crusades. Some had been in ministry or leadership for many years. They would often testify that they knew all the words to say and could even quote Bible passages, but they had never had a life changing experience with Jesus Christ. The Lord knew that this was going to happen, and in Matthew 7:21 he taught “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.” We are not saved by our good works, or by serving the Lord in the church. We are saved when we repent of our sins and trust Jesus Christ as our Saviour and Lord. But the fruit of such a decision will be a desire to be in the centre of God’s will for our lives. Words are not enough. Out of a commitment to Jesus will come a life that evidences the fruit of the Spirit and a desire to always do God’s will.
These have been words from the heart.