|Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he 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…? Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ ~Matthew 7:21-23|
I was having a conversation with someone about Christ. I asked him if he was saved, and he said, “I have time, I just hope I don’t die an instant death, so that I can get a chance to ask Jesus to come into my life before I pass away.” I thought he was joking, but he was very serious.
The sad thing here is that many pastors these days preach this to people. They tell people that all they have to do is say a sinner’s prayer and they are born again and saved. If it were that simple then why do we struggle so hard to be Christians? If it were that simple, why is it hard for the ‘righteous’ to get into heaven? Why does Matthew 7:14 say that “small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it?”
When are we going to stop preaching cheap grace? When are ministers going to stop cheapening the lamb of innocence that was shed for us? When are we going to start running that race to get in through the narrow gate?
We ought to start telling people that saying a sinner’s prayer is only the first step to getting saved, and what really counts is letting the old life of sin die and start living in Christ like it instructs us to do in Romans 6. When you say that you have given your life to Christ, you die to self and start living through him and for him. Your life is no longer yours, so whatever choices or decisions you make should be to the glory of God.
The verses above were Jesus’ words! Calling his name is not going to get us into heaven; it is what we do with the new life that he gives to us that matters. It is about following his commandments, living righteous lives, helping the less privileged, giving back to God, and winning souls for his kingdom. In the last days, when we face Jesus’ judgment seat, he is going to pull up an account of our lives and judge us based on that. What is he going to say about the live we have lived? What is he going to say about what we preached to people? What is he going to say about our righteousness when compared with our sinfulness?
Think about these and make any necessary changes. Start preaching the truth and stop cheapening the grace of God.
Stay blessed and spread the word.