I came across this verse in Luke during my daily readings and it stopped me cold.
Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness. If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light Luke 11:35-36
It struck me that because Jesus said this, that is was possibleto think you are saved, think you are going to heaven, think you are walking in the light, yet, be completely in the darkness. In fact, Jesus told many parables and gave many solemn warnings about people who would call themselves Christians, and believe they were, yet when they stand before God's throne on judgement day waiting to be admitted into heaven, Jesus will say "I never knew you." In fact Jesus said "On judgement day, MANYwill say to Him, 'Lord, Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name, and performed many miracles in your name."
For the highway to hell is broad and its gate is wide, for MANY will choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it. Matthew 7:14
It is my opinion that the church today preaches a very watered-down message that basically says, just believe and you're in the club. While the gospel is so simple a child could understand it, I don't believe Jesus preached a "simple" Christian life.
Hear His words in Luke 13:24
"Work hard to enter the narrow door to God's Kingdom for many will try to enter, but FAIL."
And even Paul the greatest Apostle who spent his life serving God said this about making it to heaven:
I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.
I'm not trying to scare anyone or discount the power of God's love and grace, but I grow weary of the complacency I see among so many Christians today. The Christian life is difficult. It's a battle, and God requires complete devotion. He doesn't care that you go to church every Sunday or give to charities, or even read your Bible or a devotional every morning. Not that those things are bad. But if He doesn't have your whole heart, none of these things matter to God. If you're just doing them because you feel you have to or because you think it will keep God happy with you, then stop. He wants your heart. He wants your soul. Any less would be an insult after what He's given up for us.
Let's make it our goal to get back to the very first commandment that God gave us "To Love the Lord our God with all our Heart, Soul, Mind, Body and Strength."
It's just that simple! If you don't feel like you're doing that, ask for God's grace to help you. It's the one prayer HE's longing to hear from you and the one prayer He's more than happy to answer. But remember once you pray that prayer, the enemy will be fast on your tail. But greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world!
I'm not saying I'm there yet, but this is the prayer of my heart. I hope you'll join me.