And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Hebrews 4: 13

 

According to the author of Hebrews, the Word of God is the instrument that brings people, all people, into a place wherein they must confront their own standing and place in respect to being viewed as righteous, holy, and acceptable before God. That living word leads all of us into a situation where we face the truth of our own relationship with our Creator, and it also takes us to an inevitable moment in our journey through life at which we do stand before the Lord and are confronted by the way that we conducted our days and the fact of our acceptance or rejection of Christ as our Lord. This is something that no one escapes, for there is a day of judgement that comes for each of us, and we will be held accountable for what we did with the singular opportunity, the life, that we were given as a gift from the Lord to use for the sake of the redemption of His Creation.

 

Nothing that we can put on ourselves can influence or change that moment before the judgement seat of God. Our wealth, education, position of power, or profession of piety are all useless in that hour of reckoning, for the Lord sees through and beyond all of the externals and looks deeply into the heart and the soul to discern who we really are in respect to living out God’s call to be people who truly love Him and seek to do His will in all things. Now we will not be judged negatively because we have acquired and accomplished much or little in our lives, but we will be held accountable for what we did with what we had, and this is especially true for the way that we used what we have been given in the days of our lives that came after we entered in a relationship with God. Yet, it is that relationship with God that opens our minds and frees our hearts to accept the totality of the truth that is contained in God’s Word, and the Word of God is the source for the knowledge, wisdom, and understanding that leads us into living lives that will be deemed as worthy, holy and just, when we stand before the Lord and face His judgement.

 

That day of standing before the Lord with all of the reality of who we are and also the way that we have used the life that we were given fully open and exposed is something to be concerned about. There is much in my life that I am not proud of, and there are also many hours, days, weeks, and even years that I have wasted in serving myself and my own wishes and desires; yet, I also know the nature and the character of my Lord. In the light of the truth of who Christ is as it is revealed to me in God’s Word, I also have confidence in my eternal status and also of the grace that sets me free from a form of slavery to my sinful past. I do not need to continue to misuse and to waste my days in the same manner as I may have before, for Christ desires to set me free from all of that and to establish me on the path that He desires for me to travel along. Today is the day where I can start to prepare for that final examination before my all-knowing Lord. This hour can be the one wherein I surrender to Christ those things that are separating me from the full expression of God’s will with the manner that I am living my life. This is my choice to make, and I am fully accountable to Christ for what I choose.

 

 

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Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, He may give it to you.”

John 15: 16

 

Contained in these words is one of the great mysteries of the Christian faith. Although everyone is given the opportunity to accept God’s invitation, He picked you and me. He chose us, His people, and He says with all of His heart that He wants us to be with Him in every way possible. Also, for some strange reason that only God knows, He wants this to be for a period of time that starts at this moment and continues beyond the counting of days. There is something uncomfortably comforting in this thought, for I truly delight in the idea that the Creator of all is this aware of my existence; yet, this awareness requires me to respond to Him.

 

This understanding that God possesses of us is not just some sort of surface knowledge, either, like counting the items in an inventory. Christ truly gets me. He knows the thoughts that are beneath the ones that I am starting to form. He knows my most hidden secrets, and He is fully aware of the totality of my potential strength. God views my life as one that is defined by infinite and unstoppable potential, and He views your life in the same manner. God reveals His perspective to us; so, as a result of His revelation, He wants us to look on other people and see what He sees.

 

Jesus picked each of us to be the objects of His love so that we can start to live in a manner that brings all of the wondrous and magnificent gifts, talents, and skills that God designed into us out into the open. Then we can have a life changing, world renewing influence on others also. As we embrace Christ’s calling and believe His words of truth about ourselves, we are granted the grace and the freedom to seek to love others and to serve Him out of that love. We are led by Christ to love others and to pray continually for their salvation and restoration. When we do this, Christ promises to us that the sweet fruit of our belief will carry on forever.