Here's a Bible verse I think about sometimes. Manytimes.
It goes, “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. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
Jesus the Christ, Matthew 7:21-23 NKJV
Complete, immediate and absolute obedience is what our Lord demands of us.
Every aspect of our lives must be submitted to His will, or else He wouldn't be our Lord at all.
The works of prophecy, the power over spirits and the working of miracles, will amount to nothing when you stand before the Son of Man at the end of the age, and he asks you, "Did you obey me?"
Now how many Christians today will claim that they call Him Lord, yet do not do what he says?
"Many" are the number in this verse that have missed the instruction of the Lord, and will in turn miss out on their salvation.
“If you love Me, keep My commandments." The Lord says, in John 14:15 NKJV.
For if you do not submit to His commands, then you do not love Him. And if you do not love Him, you have no place in His kingdom.
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it."
Jesus the Christ, Matthew 7:13-14 NKJV
Let this be a stark reminder to you, as it has been for me, of the severity of our situation. The Lord requires ultimate obedience from us, and will accept nothing less.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jozef Lalka is a former Infantryman with the Canadian Armed Forces and founder of War Doll.
Since releasing from the military, Jozef has devoted his life to the scriptural motivation of the warrior culture, and the mentorship of the next generation. Jozef works as a graphic designer, photographer and videographer while pursing a passion for current global conflicts and how they relate to historical events.