Matthew 7: 21-29
The concluding words of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount are tough to take in. He basically states that only those that work for the kingdom, doing the will of God, will enter the kingdom. Many will come and say they did what they needed but in reality they were not living for God’s glory.
Jesus then goes on to state that those who hear his words and lives them out will be wise, like a man who builds his house on a rock. It isn’t enough to just hear the words, and to have knowledge. In order to fulfill God’s will we must also act. It doesn’t really do much good to have all of the equipment and knowledge you need if you aren’t putting it to use.
Here is another passage to consider: Read Matthew 25: 31-46
These seem like harsh words, and they may even scare us. To overcome this fear choose to live for God’s glory and not your own. Try your hardest at living out the will of God in your daily life. We will fall short time and time again, but that is no reason to quit. Seek forgiveness and community, cry out to God, and keep on pursuing the will of God. This is what God wants from us. Live for his glory and you will experience the kingdom, even here and now. God is not far off, but present with us, here and now.
This week consider how you can live your life for God. What does that look like from day to day? How will you carry out the Sermon in your daily lives?
Consider these following quotes from Brother Lawrence:
“He does not ask much of us, merely a thought of Him from time to time, a little act of adoration, sometimes to ask for His grace, sometimes to offer Him your sufferings, at other times to thank Him for the graces, past and present, He has bestowed on you, in the midst of your troubles to take solace in Him as often as you can. Lift up your heart to Him during your meals and in company; the least little remembrance will always be the most pleasing to Him. One need not cry out very loudly; He is nearer to us than we think.”
“Do not be discouraged by the resistance you will encounter from your human nature; you must go against your human inclinations. Often, in the beginning, you will think that you are wasting time, but you must go on, be determined and persevere in it until death, despite all the difficulties.”
“Think often on God, by day, by night, in your business and even in your diversions. He is always near you and with you; leave him not alone.”
Take time to reflect on these ideas. Pray about them.