Genesis 31,32,33; Luke 13
“Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets;’ and He will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you are from; depart from Me, all you evildoers.’” (Luke 13:26-27)
This is a sobering verse — the litmus test is not whether we go to church or have listened to His teaching. It is whether or not His teaching has impacted our actions, decisions, and relationships. He calls those who hung around Him but weren’t influenced by Him as “evildoers!”
all you who practice ‘lawlessness.’” This word describes those who refuse to submit to a governing principle. Lawlessness is the word used to describe a person who is un-governable, who is unable to submit, and is not coachable… or at least not as coachable as they once were. We can slide into luke-warmness almost imperceptibly. It happens over time, and we must raise our awareness of it.
Those that are called “evildoers” may be operating at a high level of faith, but when it comes down to it, they are unwilling to submit. They have self-serving motives, and when I make myself as most important, when I put myself at the head of my goals, this is when I find myself last on God’s list. “The first shall be last…”
Father, this is a poignant reminder to stay teachable and move with humility and patience.
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