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I Did It My Way...
by Wayne Blank
Today, hundreds of millions of people in the world identify themselves as Christian. On face value, that's wonderful. But, when one looks at how divided that Christian-professing people are in their beliefs and behavior, and their sometimes very unChristian attitude toward one another, one might ask the question, "How many really are Christian?"
"I Never Knew You"
The words of Jesus Christ:
"Not every one who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven. On that day many will say to Me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and do many mighty works in Your Name?' And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you evildoers.'" (Matthew 7:21-23 RSV)
Most of us today are on constant guard against the very real possibility of being deceived by other people, but perhaps the greater danger is the deception within ourselves. We humans tend to believe what we want to believe; we tend to rationalize and interpret the Scriptures so that they conform to us, rather than us to them. And what does the Word of God have to say about that?
"There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death." (Proverbs 14:12 RSV)
"I did it my way..."
There will come a day when every one of us will face judgment for everything that we have said and done. Those who have repented, truly repented, who have turned to obey God on His terms, who have done it God's Way, according to His literal Commands and instructions, will have a very good chance of being granted eternal life. God loves the humble and the obedient.
On the other hand, the defiant ones, the self-righteous ones, those who refuse to obey God according to His Word, who behave as though God was created in our image rather than us in His, who choose "many different roads to the same place," are risking the lake of fire. But they will have no one but themselves to blame for such a horrible and avoidable fate. With no offense intended to Frank Sinatra, those who burn will do so because, "I did it my way..."
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