There is some really great stuff in Matthew 7. Lots of good advice and convicting notes. Here is a quick rundown…
- And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Verse 3
In other words, you better watch how you judge others. The point here is just don’t because you have your own stuff going on.
- Do not cast your pearls before swine. Verse 6
Don’t cheapen what you have, meaning your holy knowledge. Not everyone wants to hear the good news that is Jesus. Learn when to not waste your time. Some attempts to share will be futile…some people really don’t care.
- Keep asking, seeking, and knocking. Verses 7-11
Especially of God and not in just a material way.
- Narrow is the gate. Verse 13
This does not mean that the gate will be hard to miss. It means the wider, broader way will look like a better choice with more space and easier, but it will be worse in the long run. Jesus is through the narrow gate and will help you along the path.
- Good trees bear good fruit. Verse 17
Just because a tree or plant looks good doesn’t mean it is. I have repeatedly planted tomato plants that grow so tall and smell like tomato, but never actually produce any tomatoes. Why would I keep it around? It does nothing.
- Build on the rock. Verses 24 & 25
Have a firm foundation that is only found in God.
All of these show the attitudes that the Pharisees had. This was their hypocrisy. Warren Weirsbe says this: Hypocrisy not only robs us of character, it also robs us of spiritual rewards. Instead of the eternal approval of God, we receive people’s shallow praise. We pray, but we receive no answers. We fast, but the inner person shows no improvement. The spiritual life becomes hollow and lifeless. We miss the blessing of God here and now and also lose the reward of God when Christ returns. We must cultivate truth in the secret places of our hearts.
All of this is great, right? Yet there is one part of Matthew 7 that is possibly the most important thing in all of Matthew.
Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?” And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” Verses 21-23
You can do all the things and still miss the point. Remember it is all about your heart. Do you know Jesus? Do you have a relationship with him? Or are you just doing all of the right things?
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