Matthew 7: 21, 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. (ESV)
We’re awash in things wearing the name “Christian”…
We have “Christian” magazines, “Christian” books, “Christian” bookstores, “Christian” radio stations, “Christian” television stations, “Christian” mugs, “Christian“ candies, “Christian” t-shirts.
We have “Christian” speakers, “Christian” writers, “Christian” talk-show hosts, “Christian” singers.
We can buy “Christian” books on everything from cleaning your house to saving for retirement.
We can join together and support the latest “Christian” politician.
We can join a “Christian” forum and debate and discuss everything from home schooling to feminism.
We’re overflowing in “Christian” merchandise, organizations and support-groups but somewhere along the way we’ve forgotten the One for Whom and because of Whom they exist: Christ.
We wear His name but we don’t know what it means to be His.
We come to “worship” Him on Sunday’s but most of the week hardly give Him a thought.
It’s time for change. It’s time to understand that:
being a Christian isn’t a warm fuzzy feeling…
becoming a Christian doesn’t mean signing a card or saying a prayer…
living the Christian life doesn‘t mean just giving money to the church, doing good deeds, or showing up once or twice a week to worship…
It means death.
It meant Jesus’ death on our behalf on the cross and it means our death to ourselves and to this world.
Anything less means that we are living for us and not for Him.
Anything less is vain.
Either we are His or we aren’t His. Pretty straight forward, that.
If we are His, He and His interests will be our prevailing interests and nothing, nothing at all, will get in the way.
If we aren’t His but insist on pretending that we are, we must understand that the only ones we are fooling are ourselves and maybe a few others who are probably also fooling themselves. We will never fool Him.
This world is here but for a short time; we are here an even shorter time. Then all is gone.
Being awash in things Christian will not save us when we are facing that Great Day.
Being washed in the blood of the Lamb will.
We can pretend we wear His Name, proclaim it to everyone and still live to please ourselves
we can truly wear His Name, die to all that we are and all that the world offers and live to please only Him.
Our choice today determines our future destiny.
What will it be?