A day is coming when each and every one of us will stand face to face before the Lord Jesus Christ. When this day arrives, we will have no defense attorney by our side, no pile of evidence to plead our case with, no thousand dollar suit to look good in and no adoring throngs of fans to back us up. No, when that day comes, it will be just you and Lord.
1 John 2:28 states:
And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming .
When Jesus Christ comes, we will either be filled with indescribable joy or shame. If we are abiding in Him, dwelling in His Word and walking in His love; when He appears, we will be filled with confidence that when we see Him, He will be proud of us. But, if our life was a lie, if the testimony of our days on this earth is one of selfishness, pride or evil; we will be filled with apprehension, dread and remorse.
After Adam and Eve disobeyed the Word of God, they tried to hide from God and cover themselves when He came looking for them. Is this what we want to do when Jesus returns and calls for us to stand before Him? Do we really want to hide in the bushes trying desperately to weave together some type of covering for how we chose to live our lives?
Yesterday I sinned. I reacted to a situation by allowing my temper to get the better of me. The results were not pleasant for me or the others involved. I lugged around the burden of this sin all day. I felt so badly for I knew my words had hurt people I deeply care about. Even though I apologized profusely, I was having a difficult time living with myself.
Finally late in the evening I was able to stand before the Lord and strip off my filthy rags and confess to Him how childish I was and how deeply sorry I was for what I did. Amazingly, within seconds the burden was lifted and I felt all better for I knew I was forgiven. All I could do was bonk myself on the head and ask myself why it took me so long to deal with the issue.
It does no good to weave an intricate story of lies in a vain attempt to trick the Lord into believing all is well when it is not. It does no good to try and justify all the things we have done wrong in this life or belittle their importance. Ultimately the Lord will see through all this for He looks only on the heart and what abides in it.
When David was confronted by Nathan regarding his sins with Bathsheba and Uriah, he spent a prolonged amount of time in mourning for his transgressions. When Peter was confronted by the Jesus for denying Him three times he went out into the night and wept. The proper response to sin in our lives is to abhor it, feel terrible about it and seek to stop it. These things are indicative of a pure heart.
We may not be able to walk perfectly in this life, but we can keep our hearts pure by always accepting responsibility for our actions and laying our sins at the foot of the cross. If we keep our hearts pure and abide in Him, then we will look forward with great expectation to His coming and to the day when we can gaze into His eyes and be melted by His love as He says; “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.”
Self-responsibility... that is something sadly lacking these days. We like to blame everything and everyone else for things we are responsible for.
[quote]We may not be able to walk perfectly in this life, but we can keep our hearts pure by always accepting responsibility for our actions and laying our sins at the foot of the cross. [/quote]
May we all accept responsibility for our actions and remember that because of Christ, we can lay them at the foot of the cross.
Thanks for this "get real" type message and showing a picture of a practical way of living "in relationship" working out your salvation with fear and trembling. In my marriage and as a Father the picture of working on those relationships require upto the minute work of communication, of forgiveness, of correction and being corrected all the time because that is what healthy relationships require. I never want anything between I an my kids and never anything between I and my wife and even more so ...never anything between I and Our Father.
I think sometimes we don't realize the seriousness of how much God desires we treat repentance. We'd all want a murder to stop murdering and not be a practicing murderer..but think God is ok to let us wallow in the temptation to gossip or back bite or lust or envy, but I believe our Lord desires we be as tenacious in our repentance towards what we would call weaknesses as we would want that murderer or a rapist. To Stop it and stop it now..because sin brings death just the same. And He loves us so much that He desires to provide Himself to help us turn..that's why He says in Psalms that surely goodness and mercy shall follows us all the days of our lives because if we ever turn a wrong direction..we bump into His Goodness that leads us to repent (turn back in the right direction) ..that voice saying "this is the way walk ye in it"
really appreciated this message and your willingness to share what you did
Thank you for writing this blog. It will do us good to remember that a time will come when we must face the lord. I also feel better after confessing my sins to the Lord. Great message. - revelationist
I got angry today at work. I did not say anything, but the thoughts were there. I feel terrible when I do something that does not honor God, or sin, or doubt. The Holy Spirit does the convicting. The flesh just defends itself. That is God working in us Brother. He won't quit, unless we reject Him. Good read. Great warning. God Bless.
God Bless you b2y!!
Such a needed message for the times we are living in.
[verse=Matthew 7:23 NKJV]And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness! [/verse]
This scripture drives me to run a good race. Oh how I do not wish to hear those words on judgment day!
In His Love,
I know that this has been crossing my mind a lot about how and what I will do when I come face to face with the Almighty Lord himself, I'm excited yet also scared because well he knows EVERYTHING about my life. Every thought, word, action, step, breath that I took in life he will know about it. I'm not even worthy to be in his presence because I know that before becoming Born-Again I said and did so many bad and hurtful things to so many people. During my prayers, I just confess to what I had did in the past and that I was wrong and sorry for the pain and trouble I have caused many people. Even as a Born-Again I'm still a sinner and still stumble once in a while and make mistakes, but at least I now have him to turn to and talk about anything that's on my mind!
On the other I will be over joyed to meet him because well he's God, the creator of all things! He can also answer the questions that I have always wanted answered, and I hope he'll answer them!
I know that when I do come face to face with him, I will have to face up and own up to everything that happened in my life both good and bad. I'm ready to do that, and even now days when I pray I do ask for mercy and forgiveness for my sins
Great blog, and I think this is something we should all be thinking about and preparing for!
Jesus loves you!
Good blog. I truly believe it is important that we continue to remind each other that we will each have to stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ one day. That is a kind and loving thing to do for one another. I
I Corinthians 3:9 tells us: "For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building."
Verses 13-15 warns us that our building works will be evaluated on that Day.
"It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames."
[blockquote]When Jesus Christ comes, we will either be filled with indescribable joy or shame. If we are abiding in Him, dwelling in His Word and walking in His love; when He appears, we will be filled with confidence that when we see Him, He will be proud of us. But, if our life was a lie, if the testimony of our days on this earth is one of selfishness, pride or evil; we will be filled with apprehension, dread and remorse.[/blockquote] which is a fairly common idea from the fundamentalist section of Christianity. I grew up in that ideology.
What if our life was not a "lie" but we are having a day like you had where you were angry but didn't really repent of it until the night? What if like Paul, we are doing things we hate-even though it is the sin in us doing it? If you could apologize to those you hurt, why did it take hours until you could apologize to God? What if Jesus "calls you home" before you get to the point of repentance? Will you dread it or rejoice?
I think you will rejoice anyway.
He loves you. Your mindset is that of repentance. He honors that and loves you whether you repent or not. However, if you don't repent, you have to wonder if it will be Jesus calling you home, don't you?