Serving Two Doers Facts for 3-8 Year Olds

(Matthew 7:21)

Categories: Sermon on the Mount

  • The end of the Sermon is coming near.
  • Jesus shows his disciples the choices they have to make.
  • He is talking to the people who have found and entered through the narrow gate.
  • They made that right decision, and they also have a true message.
  • They are not wolves dressed up in sheep's clothing.
  • But now there is another choice to be made. It’s between the right and wrong message—how to choose a good life.
  • Jesus says, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven.”
  • But just saying the words is not enough.
  • The ones who will enter the kingdom are the ones “who do the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
  • “Doing the will” means we do God’s will all the time.
  • “Doing the will” is following Jesus’ commands as laid out in the Sermon.
  • Simply reciting (saying) the words of the Sermon is not the same as doing the work.
  • Jesus continues, “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ ”
  • Using someone’s name is to try to use that person’s authority or power.
  • But they are using Jesus’ name as if it gives some magic formula.
  • “Prophesying” doesn’t just mean telling the future, but also means speaking truth from a position of power.
  • “Driving out demons” and “miracles” are spiritual acts of power.
  • Jesus and his disciples did these things honestly.
  • But Jesus is pointing out the difference between people who do things for honest reasons and those who do things to look good and get attention and praise from others.
  • Jesus looks at the heart and motives of people.
  • He wants them to do God’s will, not do their own will.
  • The main idea of the Sermon has to do with inward stuff, with obedience to God, with issues of truth and mercy and justice.
  • But people who perform miracles to get noticed by others have forgotten the people they are to serve.
  • Instead of working to glorify God, they say, “Lord, Lord, wasn’t I great?”
  • We’re supposed to lean on God, hunger for “righteousness,” and have a pure heart. We’re not supposed to do things just to get praise from other people.
  • Jesus is reminding people to be honest and do what they say they’re going to do.