Thy Will Be Done – Andrew Murray (eBook).
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“Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven.” Mat7:21.
The only way to be fit to enter heaven must be, to do the will of God here on earth. Every thought of heaven that does not lead us to do the will of God is a vain imagination. There are multitudes of Christians who have never seen this. They think that the way to heaven is found in pious desires and religious duties, in trusting Christ for mercy, and seeking to be kept from gross sin. But the thought that Christ puts here – that only those who love to do the will of God can enter heaven – has never taken possession of their mind or heart. And yet our Lord makes the difference between the religion of prayer and profession, and the religion of obedience and performance, as plain as words can make it.
Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord – that prays to Me and professes to acknowledge and honour Me as Saviour; but he that doeth the will of My Father in heaven – he alone shall enter the kingdom of heaven.
It is the Father’s presence and the Father’s will in heaven that makes heaven what it is: doing the Father’s will on earth is the only conceivable way of entering heaven: nothing else can give the capacity for enjoying it. There must always be harmony between a life and its environment. To enter the heaven of God’s will, without a nature that loves and does God’s will, is an impossibility.