Matt 7:21 Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in Heaven”.
The point to this verse is, it is not enough for you to say “ya, I believe in Jesus”, you have to be born again, receive the Holy Spirit and then change will happen in your life. You will seek out what God wants you to do in your life, you will treat Him as your Lord.
Humans even born again Christians like to pick and choose what to focus on in scripture, to ease our own concious. As you should know from other posts, I have been going through a lot of trials back to back, God confirmed to me through Job and James that I am going through testing so that He can strengthen and mature me in my Faith.
I realized today that He has, it worked. I believe what He says in His word more than I did before, this probably happened because I had to focus on the verses that told me He would provide and protect me. They became rooted in my heart and became alive, therefore I believe in a different way.
I was going over some Scripture with my daughter this morning and telling her how when God says He will do something He will. I also talked to her about how we have to also believe the less desirable verses like Matt 3:10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
It doesn’t say every tree except those that are born again, it says EVERY tree. You are the tree, if you don’t produce good fruit or do what He tells you to do, if you don’t walk with Him, you will be thrown in the fire. I don’t believe that just because someone says they are born again they will get into Heaven, you have to see fruit or change in your life.
We can’t just pick and choose what to believe in Scripture. We have to take the desirable with the undesirable, the good with the bad.
The first step is to be born again (accept Jesus as your Savior), but that isn’t the last step, that isn’t the only thing that determines your salvation, as it says above, those who do the will of my Father will get into Heaven.
Are you doing the will of your Father? Is there change in your life? Do you work on having a relationship with Him like you do other people on this earth? If we don’t work on a relationship by communicating and getting to know Him through His Word then how can you learn to trust and love Him more?
Fruit is a result of Salvation, so if there is no good fruit and change in your life, maybe you should reevaluate your commitment to Him as your Lord before it is to late. Good fruit doesn’t mean you are a nice person in general, it means there will be real changes, like loving your enemies, really forgiving people who have hurt you, loving without expecting ANYTHING in return.
If you are backsliding, I would grab hold of Him and come back. It says in Hebrews 10:38 And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.” 39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved. Make sure your soil is rich soil and the seeds that are planted grow into trees.
Hebrews 3:14 We have come to share in Christ IF we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.