Standing Before the Judge
“And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead.” – Acts 10:42
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There was a young woman who really wanted to go to heaven. She thought that marrying a theologian would help her get a step closer to her goal. Besides, he knew the Bible very well, could teach her, and could help her get to heaven – or, so she thought.
She found out the hard way that you can’t depend on someone else or expect them to help you with your relationship with the Lord. The theologian, in all of his studies, renounced his belief in God.
No matter how well someone is versed in the Scriptures, no matter how deep, or seemingly deep, a relationship another person has with God, it does not determine your standing with the Lord. Faith doesn’t magically seep through to you. Ultimately, what you do or don’t do is what’s going to get you to heaven to be with the Lord or not.
We each have to give an account for the things that we do and say when we stand before the Lord (Rev. 20:12). That means, my faith or the steps that I take cannot be contingent upon the next person’s. I have to read the Word of God, pray, and study to be what God wants me to be. It’s a process.
Everyone is not going to be a theologian with vast biblical knowledge on particular subjects, but we strive each day to grow in wisdom and in faith from our study of God’s Word. That’s why Peter instructs us to add to our faith knowledge (2 Pet.1:5); he understood the need to supplement our faith with things that will help us grow as Christians, be closer to God, and give a reason for the hope that is in us.
While it is true that bad company corrupts good habits (1 Cor. 15:33), it is also true that good company promotes good habits. It’s great to spend time and fellowship with godly people. We should use that time to encourage one another to do good works (Heb. 10:24). We must also be careful not to think that that will be a substitute for time in study and prayer.
Jesus is standing ready to judge us all for the things we do and say in this life. Let’s make sure that what we do and say will be pleasing to Him. And let’s be ready to give Him an answer for ourselves and not excuses about the next person. Because at the end of this life, it’s to me that I want to hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matt. 25:21).
But I want Him to say it to you, too. Are you ready to give an account? Have your filthy garments of sin been washed in the blood of the Lamb (Isa. 64:6; Acts 22:16)? Don’t you want to hear Him say, “Well done”? Submit to the Lord in belief and baptism today (Mark 16:16). Don’t wait too late.
“They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.” – 1 Pet. 4:5
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