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.

 

 

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Jude 24, 25

 

We have all seen what it is like in a courtroom. This may be true from real life experience or these impressions might have come to us through television or film. There is one word that generally does not describe the scene in that place, and that word is joy. The exception to this is probably when the verdict is pronounced, and then. sometimes joy or joyous describes the prevailing party. This verse depicts a different sort of courtroom where the outcome, the verdict, carries a much more significant weight than does the one that can be handed out in any human court of law. In God’s court, each of us is held accountable for the life that we lived, for the righteous conduct of our days, and to the decisions that we made in regards to our relationship with the judge, God Himself.

 

Frankly, no one passes the test of the high standard of righteousness that God sets for us. Every one of us fails as no one is worthy of being in the presence of the pure and holy being that is the Lord. However, this same pure, holy and righteous God does not want to be separated from us. He designed and created each person on this earth with the desire and intent of enjoying a relationship with us that would continue into the infinite. So, God came into our world in the person of Jesus. He brought to us an answer to our guilt as Jesus took upon His absolutely blameless and innocent self the punishment that we deserve. With our guilty verdict proclaimed upon Christ, God allowed our death sentence to be carried out upon Himself so that when we appear before the seat of judgement after our days in this world are completed, the verdict that we will hear is innocent, and we are set free to enjoy the eternal presence of the Lord as we dwell in His glorious realm.

 

Although living for eternity in God’s presence is an extraordinary outcome to the highly flawed and blameworthy lives that we all live, it is not all that Christ grants to us through His sacrificial acceptance of our verdict of shameful guilt. In Christ, we are set free from a form of slavery that oppresses the soul and so subjects the heart and mind to its bondage. Christ redeems us from that life-long captivity, from that pre-sentence incarceration, so that we can live out our days breathing the free air of God’s Kingdom on earth where our lives are given great purpose and meaning as we are called by Christ to serve His redemptive mission. It is Christ’s grace that makes us, sinful and disobedient as we may be, suitable for this service. He pours out His righteousness upon us, and so, we are found to be blameless, and God joyously pronounces us to be fit for service to Him.