There’s been a burden on my heart lately for the body of Christ. Why? Because I’m seeing a growing number of Christians who profess their faith in Jesus, but their actions show differently. “Seek first the kingdom of God” has been replaced with the cares and busyness of this world. Idolatry has come in the form of “stuff” and “activities” and social functions. These things in and of themselves are not bad, but it’s imperative that we as Christians ask ourselves whether or not our things, activities and social functions are having a more prominent place in our lives that our relationship with Jesus Christ and the lifestyle He calls us as Christians to live.
Many Christians do not understand that they will not enter Heaven simply because they “believe” and because attend church every Sunday. After all, Satan himself believes in Jesus Christ. Matthew 7:21-23 states:
“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.’ “
When Jesus talks about lawlessness here, he isn’t talking about prophesying, casting out demons or doing wonders. Jesus makes it clear in Mark 16 that He expects believers to do those things:
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will be no means harm them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.” (Mark 16:15-18)
Jesus is talking above about hypocrisy: those who claim to be followers of Christ but whose hearts, lives and actions show otherwise.
What does your life show Jesus? Does it show Him that He has your full heart and your full attention, or does it show Him that you are still very much a part of this world? Does the life you’re living imitate the virgins who were not ready for Jesus?
“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard: Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him! Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out ‘. But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’. but he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to know, I do not know you.’ Watch, therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.” (Matthew 25:1-13)
Also in Luke, chapter 12:
And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find doing what he asks when he comes. Truly I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has. But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming’ and begins to beat the servants, and to eat, drink and be drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. (Luke 12:42-46)
Only you and God know whether or not Jesus truly and honestly has first place in your life, or whether the things of this world have first place in your life.
My prayer for you today and my plea to you today is that you would check your heart and your life, and be truly honest with yourselves whether you are seeking FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness, or whether or not you’re trusting in your belief that you’re “in” by the skin of your nose.
May God bless you and keep you always.