12/30/15: Judgment Day Is Coming
Most of us are clear on the fact that there is a judgment day coming. We live with this idea in small ways as we, wisely or unwisely, navigate through our daily lives. We know that if we charge something on a credit card, we’ll eventually have to pay the bill: judgment day. If we procrastinate about studying for a test or writing a paper, the report card will reveal our postponement: judgment day. If we eat whatever we like in large portions and refuse to exercise, our bodies will reflect our neglect in the form of high cholesterol, fat, and disease: judgment day.
By the same token, if we treat our spouses right – submitting to one another in the fear of God, loving and reverencing as we ought – our homes will be blessed and at peace: judgment day. If we honor our parents, the prosperous life we experience will be a joy to all: judgment day. If we honor the Lord with our substance (money, time, and talent), we’ll see the opening of Heaven’s windows in our lives: judgment day.
All these little decisions – concerning how we live and function as Christ-followers on this planet – matter now and will matter in the end. Revelation 20:12 and 15 say, “And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books… And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire” (NKJ).
Yes, Christians can glory in the fact that our names are written in the Book of Life thus saving us from the ultimate fate of being cast into the lake of fire. I agree that that is shouting news. However, don’t miss the other fact that our works will be judged. 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 bears this out clearly:
- For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. (NKJ)
Let’s watch the decisions we make as they all produce consequences. Keep in mind: judgment day is coming.
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