In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus tells the crowd that calling Him Lord is not a guarantee that they will enter the kingdom of heaven:
“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 in heaven.” — Matthew 7:21
It’s always ironic when we, who say we “believe” in Jesus, are the ones who are the most condemning and/or judgmental of others.
We call Jesus our Lord, yet many of us are the first ones who cast stones at others, especially through our words.
To enter the kingdom of heaven, it’s not enough that we believe in Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We also have to do His will.
And doing His will is not just about avoiding sin. It’s about loving Him and His people. It’s about “doing” something for love and because of love.
P.S. “I’m not condemning. I am just correcting so that others will be saved.” True, that’s important too. But we have to do it in the context of love and of a relationship. Walk with others first, before you can share with them your point of view. (And yes, lately, I haven’t been building relationships with others as well. This is a work in progress.)