April 22, 2011

Will You Make It?

Posted in Christianity tagged , , , , , , , , at 8:00 am by Lisa Ritchey


Matthew 7:13-14

(13) Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

(14) Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Are you going to make it in?  Will you be counted among the few that find it?  How can one know?

Let’s see what Jesus said about it.     

Matthew 7:21-27

(21)  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

(22)  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? (“In thy name…”  This says that they were close to Him at some time in order to be able to do these wonderful things.)

(23)  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew (as in had an intimate relationship with) you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

(24)  Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

(25)  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

(26)  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

(27)  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

SO… Just because you walk down an aisle and say a prayer does not seem to assure you entrance to Heaven.  Acceptance by Jesus, according to Jesus, requires a close relationship with Him.  Let’s look at what that means.

He inferred intimacy.  That means  a relationship “of a very personal or private nature.”*  For that to happen, two people must spend a lot of time talking and revealing intimate details about themselves to each other.  This means that both parties are talking, and they are both, also, listening. 

How does one hear His actual voice, though?  Is it even possible?  Again, Jesus said it is. 

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.“(John 10:1-5)

How does one develop this relationship with Jesus?

  • Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior
  • Spend time daily talking to and listening to Jesus
  • Spend time in the Word (the Bible), daily.
  • Talk to Jesus as if He were sitting by you, and like a real person.
  • Give Him Thanks, praise and worship on a regular basis.
  • Fast regularly to keep the flesh under control.

Again, how can you follow someone you don’t hear?

The answer: You can’t. 

We are saved by grace, not by works.  Never doubt that, but if one truly  knows Jesus they will love Him, truly, and seek Himnot just what He  can do and desire real fellowship with Him.

  

 *http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intimate


 

©Copyright 2011 Lisa Ritchey

 

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