MT 7:13-27 Root 3 of 3 – Spiritual needs rooted in the reality, not appearances

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The Kingdom is entered by aiming and watching out.

The rule of God is about something specific.  To hit something specific, you normally need to aim at it.  That is the advice for entering the experience of God in charge.  You don’t just stumble into it.

So how can I enter in?  Maybe I can imitate others entering in.  I could even imitate Jesus.  I’ll call him Lord and teach like he did, drive out demons like he did and do healings and blessings and other spiritual acts of awesomeness.

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.22 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 in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

 

 What is so evil of looking like Jesus?  The problem is foundational.  Jesus did what he did because of who he was, namely a person who was rooted in Yahweh.  These is a deep mystery that we often miss by rushing into debates about confessions of doctrinal positions.  What is clear to those listening to Jesus when he gave this message is that he is actually a man like them but that he lives differently than he does.  His message is to do what he did.  Entrust yourself wholly to the Father of Heaven, with all you have.  Trust him for your physical needs as a physical being in a physical world.  Trust him for you relational needs in a complicated world of ‘others’.  Trust him for your destiny and vindication because He is the source of the fruit you produce in due season.  Be rooted in God as your foundation.  It is how life is meant to work.
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