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“Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”Matthew 7:23/NIV
In many different settings in life, we seek to meet the standard set before us. If we are a parent, we should demonstrate exceptional parental qualities and appropriately raise our children. As a spouse, we should follow the teaching provided in the Bible to be a good mate. As students in the educational arena, we should learn what has been taught to pass the test. At work, we have a position description, and we should seek to do what we have been hired to do. As a person lives up to the standard set before them, I anticipate good outcomes.
In contrary fashion, not everyone seeks to do what they should or live up to acceptable standards. As such, problems with relationships, academic pursuits, occupational endeavors, and other life activities will happen. In the Bible, Jesus Christ provides numerous parables which describe those who do what they should with a pleasing outcome. He also offered parables describing the qualities of people who are not good role models and have a double standard lifestyle. That is a problem!
Matthew 7:21-23 discusses a parable taught by Jesus Christ regarding false presentations people may maintain for their good. There will be people around us who say the right things, but their hearts and actions are in a self-centered place. Jesus helps us to know that only the one who does the will of His Father (God) will be able to enter heaven (Matthew 7:21). So, doing the will of the Father (God) will reflect appropriateness to be in Heaven! That certainly encourages us to focus on what God wants us to do and be like Jesus Christ, which will make us worthy!
The focal verse informs us that if we live a double standard life and seek to appear good when we are not, Jesus will tell us He never knew us and to depart from Him. That is a self-reflective moment where we should examine ourselves and understand our hearts and passions. In Matthew 25:23, Jesus tells another parable reflecting a servant who was trustworthy with good qualities. The Bible says, “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’” (NIV). Knowing what makes God happy, I seek to be a good and faithful servant with what I have been entrusted with so that I may hear – “well done!”
Many blessings to you!
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