Scariest verse in the Bible for Christians
As I was listening to a sermon recently, the Pastor commented, let me share with you the scariest verse in the Bible for Christians.
My ears perked up! “Scariest bible verse? What could it be?” I thought. He read:
“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
As I opened up the scripture in my Bible, I read on:
Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’Matthew 7:22-23
That truly got me thinking. And yes, I had to agree that this verse should make us as Christians pause and reflect. I started making notes.
- following Christ for recognition or fame?
- playing ‘Christian’ because it is now a routine or an expectation?
- using Christ to get the things I desire?
- a Christian to look good to others?
- following God’s will or trying to do my own thing?
- choosing which commands in the Bible to follow instead of obeying Him completely?
Not my will
Not everyone who says Lord Lord will enter heaven. Only those who know the will of God. Do you know God’s will? Do you know the purpose that God has placed on your life?
As much as I daily pray to follow God’s will, I know that I fail repeatedly when the ‘doer’ in me wants to plow ahead and get things done. There are times when yes I want to help that person, or go out of my way to ‘show’ my Christ-likeness, but am I doing it in God’s will? Sadly, many times I am not.
In those times, I failed to trust God. It reminds why it is so important that we have a very close relationship with Christ. A daily walk where we speak, pray and worship Him.
Food for thought: God is our best friend. He wants to hear from us every day. Matthew 7 verse may be the scariest verse in the Bible for Christians, but let’s not become so silent that at the end of our journey he declares, “Get away from me. I never knew you!”
Prayer: God of grace and mercy, forgive us. Forgive our nature to control our own lives and walk in our own will. Forgive us for not taking the time to build a close relationship with you – to become your friend. Have mercy on us. Holy Spirit guide and fill us with your light and teach us your will and purpose for our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen
May God’s grace, love and mercy be with you.