Thursday, March 26, 2015

You can be good without being godly.

Matt. 7:21  “Not all people who sound religious are really godly.  They may refer to me as “Lord,” but they still won’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  The decisive issue is whether they obey my Father in heaven.”

There is a difference between good people and godly people, between religious people and godly people.  It’s fairly easy to be who we really are not.  We can act the part but be far from it.  What separates the godly from the ungodly is the relationship they have with Christ.  Godly people are those who have given Christ their hearts and strive to live holy lives.  They are a people who are changed from the inside out and not just on the outside.

People who consider themselves to be religious and good often call Jesus Lord, but they will not make it to heaven.  We can do a lot of things in Jesus’ name and live to think about it in hell.  When Jesus is Lord, we obey God.  There is a constant effort to do what pleases God.  A godly person knows what God expects them to do and strive to do it.  Faith is real when actions back up one’s words.

We need to take a careful look in the mirror and consider whether or not we are living in obedience to God’s commands.  We cannot pick and choose which ones we want to do.  Partial obedience is really not obedience at all.  A godly soul does not have divided loyalties.  He gives the Lord all of his heart, mind and soul. 

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