“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven…And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS'” (Matthew 7:21,23).
Sometimes the words of our Lord speak so pointedly that it makes us uncomfortable. Just as a coach can come across as short, loud, and demanding, resulting from his understanding of the level of commitment necessary to be victorious, our Lord understands the greater urgency when it comes to matters of eternal consequence. Lip service is never sufficient. True belief is evident in obedience.