Bought by the Blood

June 11, 2009

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.

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. – Matthew 7:22

There are many people who based on outward appearances act like Christians. They can prophesy, know the Scriptures, do healing and call Jesus “Lord,” but none of those things guarantee that a person is a Christian. A profession of faith or a baptism does not make a person a Christian. Jesus is not considered about our resume of deeds. What makes us Christians is how we abide, how we live as sinners who are continually reliant on God’s grace. Jesus isn’t looking for people who can do great things for the Kingdom, He is looking for those that seek him and count Him as their highest good.

Abiding isn’t about what we can do for God and what He can gain from us being in His service. If our goal in abiding is to gain God a more comfortable life then we miss the point of coming near to Him. The purpose of our abiding is to commune with God and grow in our relationship with Him. He needs nothing from this relationship and there is nothing we can give to Him that He doesn’t already have. We do not abide with God to make Him into our genie in a bottle that will take all of our troubles away. We abide with God because we love Him and our soul longs to see Him more and more.

In abiding with God we are made more like Him. Our act of abiding prepares us for Heaven where we will always see Him and never be separated from Him. We truly are the beneficiaries in this abiding relationship because we gain salvation and the hope of eternity. Through abiding, although we are weak, He makes us strong. By abiding we are brought closer and closer to the glorious state that we will day be made into. No greater is joy found except through abiding in Christ.

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