In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says not all who say to me “Lord, Lord,” will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. What does he mean by this? Of course, I do not profess to have first-hand knowledge of his meaning, but I do have some theories.
One of my theories has to do with the reason some say “Lord, Lord.” In listening to various methods of accepting Christ, it sometimes seems that people choose Christ over hell. However, being Christian is about love. It is about having a life changing experience (or experiences) that causes one to love Jesus more than life itself. In fact, the Bible tells us that God is love. Therefore, Jesus is love. How can we spend eternity with love without becoming love ourselves?
Another theory has to do with whether we understand what we mean when we say ”Lord, Lord.” In effect, we are professing Jesus to be king. We are professing ourselves to be subordinate to the will of the king. I have heard people occasionally objecting to this because God gave us free will; however, when we exercise our free will in order to become subordinate, this is an exercise of free will.
Spend some time with the Holy Spirit asking yourself why you have chosen the Christian way of life. Have you had an encounter with God that has caused you to cry out”Lord, Lord” with all your heart? Have you had a life-changing experience that draws you to the heart of love? Are you walking through life with a strong desire to be united to God? Do you find the Lord of lords replacing your stony heart with a real one? Do you regularly spend time seeking the will of God by attempting to hear the will of the indwelling Holy Spirit? Spend some time with the Holy Spirit seeking ways to more firmly elect to call Jesus ”Lord, Lord.” Even if you have made a firm election, it never hurts to spend a few minutes recommitting your life to God. We are all still sinners, and there are always ways to improve upon our commitment to Jesus, and the amount of effort we spend incorporating him into our lives.