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Recap – The content in the last section was a little separated, but the theme was as follows: “Every one of us is on a journey in life, and each one of us isn’t perfect. We should not lose sight of our own imperfection and judge others, instead, we should pray for help, or pray for any need we have, and we should always treat others as we would wish to be treated.”
In this next section, the theme is best said by: “Do God’s Will if you believe”
Jesus made an analogy of what it means to truly follow Him by using trees that bear fruit. A healthy tree will bear good fruit, but an unhealthy tree will bear bad fruit. If a person follows Christ, they will/should bear good fruit; if they do not follow Jesus, they will bear bad fruit.
Trees that bear bad fruit are not good, and they are not healthy trees. If a persons claims to be a Christian, and their actions and words do not match up…is their faith truly defining their life? Is their faith really real?
This passage is pretty dramatic. In this passage, Christ says that some who call Him LORD, will not enter heaven; only those who do the Will of God. These people who Christ says will not enter heaven had prophesied in Christ’s name, had cast out demons in the name of Jesus, have done many mighty works – all in the name of God. And yet, Jesus will say to them, “I never knew you”.
Why? Because these people may have called Jesus LORD, but they did not see Him as LORD over their own lives – they did not do what their Lord would have them to do, only religious acts without the heart behind it.
Again, we see that doing the Will of God, following Jesus’ teachings, words, and example, are VERY important for the Christian faith. Works alone will not save anyone, but if one has Faith in Christ, following HIS Will is important.
Most of us have heard the parable of the man who build his house on the Rock, and the man who built his house on sand. The house on the rock withstood the tests of time and weather, and the house on the sand could not withstand the wind, rain, and floods; it washed away.
What Jesus was saying in this parable was that those who hear His teachings and DO them – they are like the man who built his house on the Rock. But everyone who Hears, and does not do, builds a house on the sand; therefore having a false sense of security when in reality…their faith rests on only themselves because they do not want to fully commit to the calling of following Jesus.
The Authority of Jesus – Matthew 7:28-29
“And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.”(ESV)
Jesus’ teachings were unlike what the crowd had heard before; they knew that something was special about them, and that something was special about Jesus. Though they did not believe him to be the Messiah at this point, they did see him as someone worth listening to; some even saw him as someone worth following.
Jesus calls us to more than belief; Jesus calls us to Active Faith.
Is your life Centered on Christ, or is only your faith only a belief, and not an Active Belief?
What does it mean to live like Jesus? How can we follow Jesus in practical and every day ways? Comment below.