Here, God, This Is What I Have To Show For My Life
January 7, 2015
The title of this post is what everyone will, in essence, say to God on Judgement Day: “Here, God, this is what I have to show for my life.” And though some people may be speechless with horror (Mt. 22:12 // Rom. 3:19) while others may try to convince God that His condemnation of them is an error (Mt. 7:22 & 25:44 // Luke 13:23-28), we will all, without exception, be required to present our lives, and what we produced during the entirety of it, to the All-mighty Judge. (Ec. 12:14 // Heb. 4:13)
Let us make no mistake about it: God will judge us all without favoritism (Dt. 10:17 // Rom. 2:11 // Col. 3:25 // 1 Peter 1:17) –His servants included (Luke 12:42-46 // 1 Cor. 3:10-17 // 2 Cor. 5:10)– based on these:
~~Our words (Mt. 12:31-37)
~~Our deeds (Mt. 25:31-46 // John 5:29 // Rom. 2:6-11 // Col. 3:25 // Rev. 20:11-15)
~~Our deeds done in His will or not done in His will (Mt. 7:19-27)
~~How our faith, our knowledge, our actions (holy / obedient versus sinful / rebellious), and our words / acknowledgements aligned together (Mt. 10:32,33 // Mark 7:6-8 // Luke 12:47,48 // Rom. 2:12-16 & 6:18,22 & 8:5-9 & 10:9-11 // Heb. 11:6 & 12:14 // Ja. 2:24)
~~Our thoughts (Mt. 5:28-30)
~~Our motives (1 Cor. 4:5)
~~The contents of our heart (1 Sam. 16:7 // Rom. 2:16) –purity and submission to Christ (1 Peter 4:2), or, hypocrisy, greed, self-indulgence, and filth. (Mt. 23:25-28)
God will judge each one of us, as individuals, on the fruit we produced –on whether or not we exhibited “the fruit of the Spirit” (Gal. 5:22), sowed to please the Spirit (6:8), was controlled by the Spirit (Rom. 8:9,14), lived daily for Christ, not ourselves (Luke 9:23-25 & 14:27,33 // 2 Cor. 5:15 // Gal. 2:20), lived Christ-like (Rom. 8:29 // Eph. 5:1 // 1 John 2:6), faithfully served Christ for His honor alone (Mt. 25:14-30 // John 12:24-26), brought forth good out of the goodness within us (Luke 6:43-45), and produced the Spirit’s fruit till the end. (John 15:6,16 // see also Ezek. 18:24-26 and Mt. 24:10-13)
Therefore, let us meditate soberly on the question: What do we have, so far, to show to the Judge on that Final Day? Do we have self-indulgences? Impurities? Rebellion? Idolatry? Disdain for God’s commands? Laziness? Cowardliness? Deceit? Abusiveness? Arrogance? Hypocrisy? If any such filth is found, God will disallow us from entering His eternal abode. (Mt. 13:41,42 & 18:32-34 & 24:45-51 & 25:30 // Rev. 21:27) In fact, “eternal punishment” (Mt. 25:46) in “the fiery lake of burning sulfur” (Rev. 21:8) will be our fate.
Our every thought, word, and act in 2014 did matter. And so will it matter in 2015. This absolutely is the teaching found in God’s Word, and if anyone is listening to the false teachers who say otherwise, I exhort that person to look up all Scripture references I have included in this post. Even the false teachers admit that God requires repentance. But what they refuse to acknowledge, is that there must be proof of repentance (Acts 26:20) and that the proof is found, not in one’s claim to love, serve, know, or belong to Christ (Mt. 7:21-23 // Titus 1:16 // Rev. ch. 3), but in one’s obedience to Christ’s teaching (John 8:31 & 14:23) as displayed by one’s thoughts, words, motives, attitudes, and deeds –all which will be judged and weighed carefully on One Final Day by God.
The wise will heed this warning and make lasting alterations in their lives –now. But the foolish will keep procrastinating.