Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
Obviously, many people – a huge percentage of the world’s population, in fact – do not ever say, “Lord, Lord,” to Jesus Christ. So, He’s not talking about them; they are already condemned. He’s speaking of a sub-group among those who DO call Him Lord. And in the very next verse, Jesus says there will be MANY of them to whom He will say, “Depart from Me…I never knew you!”
Elsewhere, He said, “How narrow is the gate and restricted is the way that leads to life! Few are those who find it.”
So let me spell it out. Few people will find and follow the path to eternal life. And many who profess to follow Jesus on that path DO NOT KNOW HIM AT ALL.
We cannot be casual about following Jesus, but wholly intentional, fully invested. We must pursue His will, to do it!
Paul compares the Christian life to that of a focused athlete. “Every man who strives in the games exercises self-control in all things. Now they do it to receive a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible.” He said, “Don’t you know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run like that, that you may win.”
Before Jesus came, God gave people many commandments, with dire consequences for disobedience. Jesus narrowed them down to TWO:
“Love God with all your, heart, mind, soul and strength, and love your neighbor as you love yourself.” The consequence for disobedience to them is missing heaven. Because love IS God’s will.
That leaves no room for worldly things. In fact, the Word says, “Don’t love the world, neither the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, the Father’s love isn’t in him.”
In this brief lifetime, we have one non-negotiable goal: Love God the way Jesus did. Completely. Totally.
Then we can love our neighbors as ourselves…and do the will of God.