Matthew 7:21-23

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 will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; LEAVE ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

Access to the kingdom of heaven is limited to those who seek to do the will of the Father. Acknowledging the name of Jesus is not enough. Invoking his name in ministry is not enough. Only “he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter” (7:21). Walking in obedience means walking in a manner that the will of the Lord is always primary in our life and actions.

Do you desire to do “the will of My Father” (7:21)? While this might not always be easy, know it is what He requires of all believers in Jesus Christ. As we continue our ministry responsibilities, may our focus be on our Heavenly Father and not a ministry of “Lord, Lord” that seeks to perform for our purposes and not his.