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About-Him.Com Devotional 04-13-2002
The scribes and Pharisees of Jesus' day thought they were automatically entitled to eternal life simply because of their relationship to Abraham. Jesus sharply rebuked them.
Matthew 8:11  And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
12  But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
As far as I can see, the only people that Jesus ever had a bad word for were those who considered themselves holy and above others, whom they held in comtempt.  He wasn't very kind to the money changers who abused the temple (Matthew 21:13). He rebuked a critical Simon while approving a harlot who wiped His feet with her tears (Luke 7:44). He wasn't impressed by those  who made a great show of presenting their offerings in the temple, but He took note of the poor widow who gave all that she had (Luke 21:4). Neither was Jesus impressed with the Pharisee who considered himself above the poor publican who at the time was praying, "Lord have mercy on me a sinner" (Luke 18:9-14).
It has often been said that if and when we get to heaven we may be quite surprised as to those who  made it and those who didn't. If Jesus  wasn't impressed then with religious displays, He isn't impressed now by anything that is not genuinely from our heart.  He is simply looking for people who will love Him, obey Him, trust Him, believe Him, share Him and who will share their substance with others willingly.
 Matthew 25:21  His lord said unto him, Well done, [thou] good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 
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A little old lady answered a knock on the door one day, only to be confronted by a well-dressed young man carrying a vacuum cleaner. "Good morning," said the young man. "If I could take a couple of minutes of your time, I would like to demonstrate the very latest in high-powered vacuum cleaners." "Go away!" said the old lady. "I haven't got any money!" and she proceeded to close the door. Quick as a flash, the young man wedged his foot in the door and pushed it wide open. "Don't be too hasty!" he said. "Not until you have at least seen my demonstration."

And with that, he emptied a bucket of dirt onto her hallway carpet. "If this vacuum cleaner does not remove all traces of this horse dirt  from your carpet, Madam, I will personally eat the remainder."

"Well," she said, "I hope you've got a good appetite because the electricity was cut off this morning."

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