Many people in churches all over the world have heard that little song sung either in a Sunday School class or perhaps during Vacation Bible School.And while it teaches kids the importance of knowing what you’re listening to is appropriate, it also serves as a reminder that there are many voices vying for their attention.Image

A great many things come wrapped today in nice neat “Christian” packages but once the wrapping has been removed it is exposed for what it truly is.Many churches unfortunately come wrapped this way,which is an indictment of the apostate condition of the church today.Beautiful accommodations,programs for every member of the family,teaching watered down versions of the Gospel message lest someone be offended.Beloved, there is only one way to distinguish between what is real and what is a mere “form of Godliness”, and that is to know Jesus Christ in a real and personal way.

Sounds simple enough doesn’t it? We go to church regularly,support the ministry with our finances,read our bibles and pray daily.Isn’t that enough? Friends….that is not what I’m talking about here.Our good deeds will never be “good enough”. Our works and accomplishments will fade into obscurity with the passage of time.They will fail us,if indeed our trust is in them to save us in the end.

In Matthew chapter six Jesus was teaching one day about prayer, laying up treasures, and a host of other important topics.So amazed were the people that they were astonished,for Jesus spoke as one who had authority, not as the scribes,or teachers they were accustomed to hearing.

Reading on to the conclusion of this particular teaching Jesus had this to say about working our way into heaven:

Matthew 7:13-23 (NKJV)
13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.
14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles?
17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (emphasis mine)

In whom is your hope today? Spouse,Family,Pastor,Priest? Do you trust church more than Christ? If so you are setting yourself up for disappointment.Are you counting on your deeds being good enough to get you in? Think about it…if our works and deeds could have been good enough, Jesus died in vain.
I encourage you today to humbly submit your whole heart to the Lord Jesus.

Be blessed,

Ron

 

 

 

 

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