Jesus once remarked to his disciples, ‘Not everyone who says ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven will.” Aside from the fact that many self declared Christians completely ignore what Jesus said, and meant, there remains nonetheless the fact that he said it. And meant it. And what is the will of the Father? Well that’s disclosed throughout Scripture. For instance, in Leviticus we read
“And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them:`You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy. … `You shall do no injustice in judgment. You shall not be partial to the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty. In righteousness you shall judge your neighbor. 16 `You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people; nor shall you take a stand against the life of your neighbor: I am the LORD. 17 `You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him. 18 `You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.” (Lev. 19:1-2, 15-18).
The will of God is holiness. The will of God is justice. The will of God is impartiality. The will of God is truthfulness. The will of God is love. God wills his people to be holy, just, impartial, truthful, and loving. And yet, remarkably, in spite of the fact that Jesus clearly says that doing the will of God matters a lot, many who completely ignore the will of God fancy themselves ‘good Christians’.
But they’re fooling themselves. And one day, when they stand before Almighty God, it will suddenly be quite clear to them that they were self deceived, as God utters the final sentence on their lives: ‘Depart from me, workers of iniquity; for I never knew you’.
If you are born again, you’re a child of God, and you act like it. And when you don’t, you repent. If you don’t feel any need to repent, or any need to act like a child of God there’s just one reason- you aren’t. Maybe it’s time you stop lying to yourself and saying that you are.