Matthew 7:21 has really been sitting on my heart all summer. In a roundabout way, it’s kind of the reason why we’re uprooting our entire lives to move to Australia. It says:
“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. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'”
This verse evoked in me a healthy fear of the Lord. It also made me ask myself, “What’s the point of doing anything but the will of God?” I was reading in Luke this morning with Kassi, and we read a verse that was really similar to this one. It read: (Luke 13:24)
“Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ “But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’ Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’ But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’.”
Kassi’s reaction was, “Well then how do we find God’s will?” And my best answer was, “Doing this.” (We were studying the bible together) It’s about pursuing Him. It’s about spending time with Him and developing a relationship with Him. It’s about making every effort to better understand Him and His ways. It says in Romans 12:2
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
We have to renew our minds with the Word of God. We have to make every effort to understand Him better, then we will be able to test and approve of His will for our lives.
So, this move to Australia is an effort to spend more time with God, to know Him better so that we can better understand His will for our lives.