Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ – Matthew 7:22
I’ve read this portion of Scripture with a more personal implication. Did I not play the piano for church services every Sunday and in Your name did I not write poetry and blog posts? When it hits home, some days I have to say … ouch! I have to drop my pride, stop in my tracks, bow my head and let the Lord know that I know it is NOT about me. It’s all about Him… His love, His mercy, His grace, His peace and His wonderful love. I deserve hell but because of His sacrifice on Calvary (and nothing else), I get heaven. It’s about His mercy, His grace, His love.
God knows our hearts, minds and motives. Do we do what we do for Him – or is it for attention from others? We should do good deeds, to be sure – however, to lay the whole weight of our salvation upon what we have done in Jesus’ name instead of Jesus Himself – His sacrifice, where our salvation comes from, we are missing the mark. It’s dangerous to put our trust in all the works we do in Christ’s name instead of Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary’s cross – the only way we will be assured of eternal life with Him in heaven.
It’s never been about us – and it’s always been about Christ Jesus. He suffered on the cross and willingly sacrificed His life for all of us. That is where our focus needs to be. If we lose sight of that and get all wrapped up in ourselves, it’s time to ask forgiveness and begin again.
This is probably one of the most important passages in the Sermon on the Mount. I don’t think anyone misses the mark on purpose. Sometimes we get caught up in the “doing” and before long, it’s about us instead of Christ. The devil wants to work on our ego, our accomplishments, our good works… he eases Christ out of our minds and away from our focus – but outwardly, it looks like we’re doing the right things. But doing the right things with the wrong motive… um… why bother?
Keeping God through Christ the center of our lives in an ongoing process. It cannot be done once and then forgotten. We have to keep choosing God, day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. But I want Him to know that I know… it’s all about Him. 🙂