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Nov272017

The Day of Reckoning

Matthew 12:36 “And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak.”

I have said for years that we don’t take the day of reckoning very seriously. The main reason is that most of us don’t want to face the idea we are going to die, and then comes judgment. That is an uncomfortable topic, yet it is probably the most important element in our lives. Life is not that complicated: you are born, you live your life, and then you die. You won’t be remembered much beyond the funeral, and what you did in life will be forgotten by most and you simply become a name on a gravestone. That’s reality. Sounds depressing doesn’t it?  Yet, it is not about what this life has afforded you, it is all about the treasure you have laid up in heaven. What you did here will count for a lot once you stand before God on the day of reckoning, but I wonder how many of us have been diligently investing into laying up treasures in heaven?

Matthew 6:19-21 “Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

This is the day of reckoning; the time all truth about your life will be exposed and revealed. It will not be a day for excuses or regrets, and your bucket list will be revealed as the true source of where your treasures lay. Too many of us play it safe with our lives, calculating and re-calculating the cost of being fully devoted to Jesus, and only contributing to His Kingdom when it is convenient.  Convenient isn’t in the vocabulary of God because many times it is when it’s inconvenient that God takes notice and adds rewards to your treasures in heaven. Living your life in the understanding that a day of reckoning will happen to all people, whether you are a follower of Jesus or not. No one gets a pass and everyone will stand before God - some to damnation because of their unbelief, and others to their rewards because of their faithfulness to Him.

I am a firm believer in the course of action that says, “If you are going to design something, keep in mind the finished product and then back up and design it according to that end result.” Life is like that as well - the end product is standing before God and then rewinding to what you will do today. How will you influence your day of reckoning today? How kind will you be toward others, how truthful will you be about your behavior, how much will you sacrifice for Him today, and how forgiving will you be toward those who offend you?

Facing Almighty God is more of an ominous thing that we think, and I realize that if you are a believer in Jesus, you will be given the sentence of life and for some that may be all you want out of being a Christian. For others, I think you are looking for the words that will be the verification of a life well lived. Those words will be, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

My advice: Keep the day of reckoning as a goal to guide and motivate your life, because it will pay off one day when you are forgotten on earth, but known throughout His kingdom.

You never know when your day of reckoning will happen.

A cowboy appeared before St. Peter at the Pearly Gates. "Have you ever done anything of particular merit?" St. Peter asked.

"Well, I can think of one thing," the cowboy offered.  "On a trip to the Black Hills out in South Dakota, I came upon a gang of bikers who were threatening a young woman. I directed them to leave her alone, but they wouldn't listen. So, I approached the largest and most tattooed biker and smacked him in the face, kicked his bike over, ripped out his nose ring, and threw it on the ground. I yelled, 'Now, back off or I'll kick your butt!”

St. Peter was impressed, "When did this happen?"
 
"Couple of minutes ago."

Keeping it honest and truthful…K

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