Why do we do good works in the name of Jesus? Is it so that we can build up the kingdom of God, or is it so that others will think that we are special, holy disciples? That very question is addressed by Jesus in today’s gospel passage from Matthew.
Jesus said to his disciples:
“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.
Many will say to me on that day,
‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name?
Did we not drive out demons in your name?
Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’
Then I will declare to them solemnly,
‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’
Jesus doesn’t want us to perform fantastic deeds if our heart is not in the right place. What is that place? It is a state of mind and heart that cares nothing of status or privilege as a disciple. The works themselves do not please the Lord. Instead it is humility in action that God desires.
Do the will of his Father and Christ will give you light.