MATTHEW 7:22_Many will say unto me in that day, Lord, Lord…
Jesus begins this verse with the word many. I already feel bad that not everyone will go to heaven, but now I feel worse that the not everyones are many.
This reminds me of the narrow path, when Jesus says few will find it. It also causes me to think about how He said many will go in at the broad gate.
From His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus has taught me who comprises the many:
Those whose righteousness does not exceed that of the Scribes and Pharisees (chapter 5:20),
Those who cause others to believe they are empty-headed idiots (chapter 5:22),
Those who profit from the bondage of human trafficking (chapter 5:29-30),
Those who do not forgive (chapter 6:15),
Those who choose the broad path to destruction (chapter 7:13),
Those who are ravening wolves and bring evil into the world (chapter 7:17).
None of these actions exclude anyone from heaven by the action alone. The exclusivity comes from the heart. The heart which excludes Jesus.
The actions can all be forgiven and erased when the heart opens to include Jesus.
The actions reveal the heart.
God of All, You have taught me to include You in my heart. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ desires to be included in my life—I will let Him!