Calling him Lord…
Mat 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.
Not everyone who says to him Lord Lord. Who can call him Lord. It’s quite simple… the one who does the will of the Father. It’s kind of simple. But something has to be taken into account. To call someone Lord means you subject yourself to his authority. Your life is his, your ideas, your everything belongs to him. Even your good ideas he takes credit for. For example, King James I didn’t come up with the idea for the English Translation for the Bible but he takes the credit because his subjects came up with the idea. He probably had little to nothing to do with the process aside from approving it. But he takes the credit simply because he’s king. Those who did the translating were his subjects, paid with his money, and supplied by his good graces. Now let’s apply that to today. There is nothing we do without the grace of God in our lives. We are supplied, kept, and directed by his hand. He is a sovereign king and Lord over all. Those who submit themselves to his leadership aren’t the ones who do the miracles and all the good stuff… check this out….
Mat 7:22 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?’ Mat 7:23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
They practice lawlessness even though they do all the cool stuff like prophesy in his name and heal the sick and cast out demons and all that cool stuff that I want to do one day. How come they practice lawlessness? Aren’t they acting in the favor of God and doing all that cool stuff and all? Aren’t these guys supposed to be the most blessed in the kingdom? Here’s the problem.
Mat 6:10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Never in this do you see them concerned with his kingdom or coming under his authority. All you see is the cool stuff they did and saying it was for him. There are countless people who heal, prophesy, raise the dead and all that that are more concerned with building their own kingdoms and doing the cool stuff for money. Don’t think it could happen? Read Numbers 22-24 (chapters) Balaam was a prophet of GOD. He tried to get around it for the sake of money and his kingdom. We are constantly warned of the trap that Balaam fell into. 2Pe 2:15 Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing, Jud 1:11 Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion. Jesus’ charge against the church of Perganum was this…
Rev 2:14 But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality.
There is warning against building your own kingdom and calling him Lord. Many in America are busy building their own kingdoms and ministries. Churches that call him Lord and are doing great things could be hearing “depart from me” at the judgement seat simply because they were not willing to trust their ministries and their own individual kingdoms to the kingdom of heaven.
It all comes down to the reality that we do not trust God. We don’t have a right idea of who he is. We trust him to get us to heaven but we want him to stay out of our lives. We call him Savior and we don’t acknowledge him as Lord of our LIVES. If he was Lord, we would have no problem in giving our lives to him and laying down our ambitions and kingdoms and ministries. Kind of like that awesome song that Robin Mark sings. All for Jesus. All my ambitions hopes and plans. We need to trust him as Lord not only just call him that.