This morning as I spent some time enjoying the simple things in life. The sounds of happy kids playing in the house. Hot cider beginning to steep for our family tradition of cider and tree decorating, yes I know it is late in the season to get the tree up. What can I say? It is the way it is. Savoring a steaming Christmas blend latte and positioned before the Word of God. Matthew is my reading of choice today. And as a student of the Word ever reading, ever learning; I've been here before. But today the Words penetrated a little deeper.
Matt. 7: 7-14
In the Christmas season where giving and receiving is the ever present theme of the month. It seems like an appropriate passage, Right? But this is not really what I felt a deep impact from. I have loved God and been loved by God for a long time now. I would like to think I have grown past the place where I serve Him to get what I want. It was first the word seek that struck a chord in my soul. Have sought God? I have barely had time to wash, fold, and put laundry away for a family of 6! So the time I make for God just might be a reflection of that hectic schedule. So again, I ask, have I sought God? But then jump down to vs 12-14 "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law of the Prophets. Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and MANY enter through it. But small is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. "
Still my heart beats at this clear warning. And as I kept reading my heart stopped in my throat. For in verses 21-23 it says, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of the Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!"
Only I can answer this question with the help of the Holy Spirit. And only you and the Lord can answer this for your life. But, where do I really stand? Am I deceiving myself into thinking I really know Him, when I do not? The fact that scripture says, many will say to me Lord, Lord; tells me these are people who spent some portion of their lives in the church. People like me who felt secure in their beliefs and their walk with God. But if God is an after thought to my day is He my Lord? If I am not seeking Him, I certainly not obeying Him; because how will I know what He wants? Am I on the wide road, or the narrow road? I'm going to take the time to really discern this truth; because I want it answered here while there is time to change it, if need be; rather than before him when it is too late. Because every one of us will answer this question.
Life is Beautiful!