Standing in your place
Apr 16, 2017
The Resurrection was required for eternal life
Apr 16, 2017
The greatest victory in life is the victory over self
God’s Word through Paul the Apostle In 1 Cor. 9:24 states, “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run that ye may obtain…” Then he responds with his attitude about his life for Christ in v26, “I therefore so run…so fight I.” Paul is giving his all for the Lord Jesus Christ. He is racing to win the prize, a life well lived for the Master.
The question we should ponder at the end of another year is this: “I wonder have I done my best for Jesus?” I am sure the greatest regret we will have when we get to heaven will be our regret about giving our best for the Master. We will never regret not becoming rich, or famous, or successful, or talented, or popular…however, there are some things we will regret as we stand before Christ at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Please read 2 Cor. 5:10 and notice we must all stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ to give account of our lives.
Why not ask yourself these questions:
- I wonder have I left some truths unbelieved? That is a great question! How many of the wonderful truths of God, Promises He gave that would have made me a better Christian, more Godly, a better witness, more blessed and more of a blessing to others have I failed to believe? 2 Peter 1:2-4
- I wonder have I left some deeds undone? Mt. 23:23; 1 John 3:16-21; Gal. 6:10 As Christians, have the responsibility to help those in need. We do not have a responsibility to facilitate people in their sin. For example, I often receive calls for help from people living in sin. They ask us to put them in motels, pay bills, etc while they commit adultery and fornication. We have no obligation to do so, but we do have an obligation to give them a good witness and a good testimony. Many times we are allowed and led to supply needs, including money, to others. If we are led of the Lord, we should not miss that opportunity to do a good deed. God promises a blessing in return.
- I wonder have I left some words unspoken? 1 Thess. 4:18; 2 Cor. 1:1-7; Gal. 6:1-2 Sometimes God will use us to comfort, encourage, and give instruction to others.
- I wonder have I left some souls unsaved? In Rev. 3:7-8 , Jesus promises an open door before us that no man can shut. It is a door of opportunity to the world of lost people. Eph. 5:16 encourages us to redeem the time, and Jesus told us to “occupy till I come.” Ask yourself the question: Am I doing my part in seeing people saved?
- I wonder have I left some prayers unprayed? (I know that is not a word) Since the Holy Spirit helps us in our prayer life, (Rom. 8:26-27 ; Jude 20 ) I wonder have I prayed the prayers He would have laid on my heart? Have I walked in the flesh so much that I missed His call to specific prayers?
- I wonder have I left some hurts unhealed? Luke 10:25-37, especially v34-35. Have I ignored the hurt of others and walked on by and left them for others to help?
- Finally, I wonder have I loved the Lord unreservedly, unashamedly, unceasingly, and unquestionably? Matt. 22:36-40 Matthew 25:21 states, after a life will lived and well spent, we can hear the Lord Jesus Christ say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the Joy of The Lord.”
I trust you had a good Christmas and I pray you have a great New Year. If you have not done your best for Jesus, why not start now and Give your best to the Master. He is worthy.