Twenty-Fifth Day of Lent

Matthew 7:21-23

So many people cry out to God when they are in need. How many of them take the time or effort to learn anything about the one they cry out to in desperation? Everyone likes to believe that they are a good person, that if they give a little money to charity or volunteer occasionally than surely that should cut it for getting into heaven, right? Unfortunately Scripture tells us it doesn’t work that way.

In fact this verse clearly says that there are people out there who do works in Jesus name that will not make it into heaven. Throughout the New Testament Jesus is very hard on Pharisees, or anyone in fact who would profess to follow Him but are unwilling to do the will of God- not the will of the people, not the ‘good’ thing to do- the WILL of God.

Those who enter heaven will only do so because of their obedience to God. For the rest they will be told ‘I do not know you.’ God knows your innermost being, He can see beyond the most carefully crafted mask. Following Christ is a matter of the heart. You can say whatever you want to man or God but if you don’t have a genuine love and care for God’s kingdom all your good works will be meaningless to the Father.

When contemplating this verse a hymn came to mind that I have known since I was young. I encourage you to carefully consider the words.

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art;
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heav’n’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whate’er befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

If we could all make this hymn our prayer, if we could genuinely mean it, what works could God accomplish through us? How well could we know Him?  In heaven would God welcome us as His loving children? Or as mere acquaintances, known from afar? 

Lord, be our vision, Lord of our hearts. May we seek to know you and your will for our lives forevermore. Amen.

Angela Dunn
Winnipeg, MB