Today’s Verse

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Matthew 7:13-14

Thursday, January 13

Perhaps the most fearful of Jesus’ teachings is found in today’s two verses from Matthew 7.

Jesus goes on to say in verse 21, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” In other words, there are many who call Jesus “Lord” but do not really belong to Him. They are the seed in the stony ground, the tares among the wheat, or the fruitless branches to be pruned.

What’s more, Jesus says in verse 22, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?”

Warning: There are many false Christians who not only refer to Jesus as their Lord, but also attempt to serve Him in various ways. Jesus clearly teaches that service does not guarantee salvation. Jesus says in verse 23, “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” They may have called Him Lord. They may have served in His name, but their hearts were far from Him.

As we continue this theme with this week’s devotional thoughts, do you trust in your service for salvation? If yes, please read Matthew 7:23 again.

Weekly Memory Verse

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 3:14

"It’s amazing what can be accomplished if you don’t worry about who gets the credit."
- Clarence W. Jones

Pastor Armstrong

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