You might have an MBA and not know anything about business.
That is a statement that many in business would celebrate. There is much more to business than can be taught in a classroom. It doesn’t mean having an MBA is bad – it is actually great – but you need way more than that to be successful.
You might have a Master’s of Divinity and not know Jesus.
That statement may seem a little crazier than the MBA one, but it is true and for the same reasons. There is more to God than can be taught in a classroom. Jesus is more than just doing another Bible study. Walking by faith with Jesus is real life.
Which brings me to this text:
Matthew 7:21-23 (ESV)
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
Those are scary verses on this Halloween/Reformation Day. Knowing Jesus is more than good works, bible knowledge, and church attendance. Let us evaluate our spiritual life not by accolades attained, but my doing the will of the Father.