Are You Doing What He Said?


Matthew 7:22-23 The Message

21-23 “Knowing the correct password—saying ‘Master, Master,’ for instance—isn’t going to get you anywhere with me. What is required is serious obedience—doing what my Father wills.

I can see it now—at the Final Judgment thousands strutting up to me and saying, ‘Master, we preached the Message, we bashed the demons, our God-sponsored projects had everyone talking.’ And do you know what I am going to say? ‘You missed the boat. All you did was use me to make yourselves important. You don’t impress me one bit. You’re out of here.’

I don't know about you, but there are times when Holy Spirit will just say something to me that seems to come from out of nowhere. Today was one of those moments.

I don't know why, but I happened to be thinking about church people. Now, this is not unusual because I am a pastor. I always think about church stuff. At the time, my thoughts were on small churches (like mine) that could use some help. If we were a company that was hiring, we would have a long list of positions that needed to be filled, and I am sure that many would come and apply. But this is not the case.

As I was thinking about this, I thought of the larger churches that have so many people that many of them cannot use their gifts or walk in their call because the spots have already been taken. Yet, for some reason, rather than to search out a place where they can be used, they stay, while their gifts remain dormant. Or they might be doing something in that church, and just like in the text, they might be seeing the power of God move in their works. But are they doing what God has called them to do?