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!'
For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
If God designed us to live in communities, let's think about some teams we're born into or join.
We live in neighborhoods, counties, states and nations. We're members of families and generations. We're joined by schools, jobs, sports, clubs, cultures and talents.
Most of us attend American churches. Combined, Christians are a rich and powerful force--all the more, saints who work within entertainment.
In belonging to such extraordinary teams, we're tempted to think their success is our success. If we just hunker down and follow our leaders, if we play by their rules and work by their standards, their sufficiency will be our sufficiency.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Above and beyond all other teams, you're a star player on Team Jesus. No other allegiance can compare. Identify yourself first in Him, then cling to His fundamental Rules. They're about love, giving and service.
Sadly, some churches make their own rules. They've forgotten their first Love's goal Line, and they've led their teams down broader paths.
Remember the scribes and Pharisees. In business and houses of worship, they talked and walked quite successfully. They thought they were God's chosen people. But when Christ set things straight, they thought wrong.
Your pastoral team must be led by the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. ONLY in Them is sufficiency.
'Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain' (Psalm 127:1, NKJV).
## The Enemy's Game: Tactics--Team-Sufficiency (Part 37)
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2015 devotion series called, 'The Enemy's Game.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you're not a performer, don't be deterred. In truth, every disciple acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.