From the desk of Taylor Pickup
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ (Matt. 7:21-23)
Here Jesus describes the tragic fate of those who will be cast out of his presence. There are a few things we should notice about these individuals. First, in saying “Lord, Lord” they are addressing Jesus in a respectful and fervent manner. Second, they’ve done a lot of good throughout their lives. Third, the repeated phrase “in your name” shows that they gave Jesus full credit and praise for the good they did.
All of these things are admirable. These people are respectful and fervent doers of good, who credit Jesus for the good works they accomplish. So, what's the problem? Jesus says these people failed to do “the will of my Father who is in heaven.” These individuals went about their lives with little concern for God’s laws. Therefore, Jesus calls them “workers of lawlessness.”
Many things can give us a false sense of spiritual comfort: Doing good deeds, speaking often of Jesus, attending worship services, refraining from wicked activities in which the world engages. But are we looking at God’s will and actually following it? We need to have the maturity to see past any pretense or false hope so that we can be the faithful servants God desires.