Matthew 7:21 – Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. (KJV)
Matthew 7:23 – And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (KJV)
As a child, I can remember learning to tie my shoe. It was difficult for me, and I can remember the joy when I learned how. There is a children's song that expresses this: "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe."
I have taught Martial Arts for a number of years, and I can testify that some people have never moved beyond a "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe" interpretation of their art. They have good form, are artful and acrobatic, but there is no explosion or power in their technique.
Unfortunately many people's spiritual lives are the same way. They have all the forms, but have no joy or power. This is because, like the Pharisees, they spend too much time doing the correct things. They may attend church and Sunday School, and even sing in the choir, but have never turned their lives over to Jesus. If this shoe fits, we must not wear it, but turn control of our lives over to Jesus right now without delay. Real joy and power await!
Prayer: Father, we turn our lives over to You. We repent of our sins and ask Jesus to be our Saviour so that we might be new creatures in Christ. Amen.