Thy Will Be Done

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’    Matthew 7:21-23 ESV

For me, this is one of the most frightening passages in all of Scripture. Jesus says, “There are people to whom I’m going to say in the last day, depart from me I never knew you. And they’ll say, ‘But Lord, we did all kinds of miracles in your name.’ And I’ll say, ‘It’s not those who call me Lord, Lord, but those who do my will who are my children.’”

Sometimes we can have wonderful feelings about God, we can do marvelous things and yet he says, “But you never came to the point where doing my will was absolutely the most important thing in your life.” We enjoyed doing the religious things we liked, but maybe those were not what he wanted. The great crisis point of every human heart is right here. Who is the King? Who calls the shots in my life? Is it me or is it God?

The cross is all about Somebody who would finally, for all eternity say, “Not my will but Thine be done.” That’s the crisis point for you and for me. All the religious talk, all the religious emotion, is short-circuited if in the end I say, “Thanks a lot Jesus for dying for me so I can go do what I want to do.” 

So the question for you and me has to be, has there ever come a point in my life where I have been willing to say, “I will let you be King in everything. I’ll let you be King in my social life, in my religious life, in my work, in my home. You’re the King.”

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