If you think about it, how well do you actually know the people around you? Sure, they may be you friends, your family, your co-workers, but do you actually KNOW them? People can surprise us. They can have hidden talents we knew nothing about. Or maybe they have things going on that they don't let us in on. We really don't know people as well as we probably think we do. What is the exception to this? God is the exception. God truly does know everything about us. He sees through all of our excuses, knows all of our pain, knows our wants.
As a believer, we like to think that we have a relationship with God. That we also know him just as he knows us. Can you imagine living your life only to find out that you did it wrong? That even when you looked like you were doing the right thing, that it still wasn't for the right reasons?
Matthew 7:21-23 ESV
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 I declare to them, I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.
In Matthew we see that not everyone who says they believe in God will actually make to Heaven. As a matter of fact, the scripture says that MANY will hear the Lord tell them to depart from Him for he NEVER KNEW THEM. Can you imagine the feeling of hearing God tell you to leave Him forever?
We should be searching for the will of God in our lives. Seeking out what He wants from us so we can fulfill His purpose. If we are not doing this, then chances are we could hear those horrible words from God when our time comes. We all want to believe that we are good people who do good things. That may be true, but the real question is are you doing what God wants you to do with your life?
Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Those good things you do in your life aren't what is going to get you to Heaven. We have all heard it before. "I am a good person, I will go to Heaven" That isn't necessarily the way it works. You should be asking God for guidance on what he wants for your life. Without His direction, you aren't fulfilling your purpose. What we see above in Matthew is that Hell will be full of people who thought they were good enough. People who thought they had lived their life the right way without actually living their life for God.
Ask yourself: Are you just doing good things? Or are you doing God's will for your life?
Matthew 25:31-34 ESV
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit (enter) the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
This passage is where it gets good. This is where we see that if we are saved, we get to have a relationship with God and will live in Heaven with Him. The only way you can hear from God to get his discernment on where your life should be headed is to ask him into your heart.
Romans 10:9-10 ESV
If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Are you saved? Do you know for sure that God is going to allow you to walk through the pearly gates and is not going to turn your away? If there is any doubt in your mind, or if you want to be saved, please reach out to us. We want to help you in your journey of building the best relationship you will ever have. You can reach out to us by messaging us on Facebook, or coming to a service. We would love to hear from you!!