Revelation 11:16-18

16 The twenty-four elders sitting on their thrones before God fell with their faces to the ground and worshiped him.17 And they said,

“We give thanks to you, Lord God, the Almighty,   the one who is and who always was, for now you have assumed your great power   and have begun to reign. 18 The nations were filled with wrath,   but now the time of your wrath has come. It is time to judge the dead   and reward your servants the prophets,   as well as your holy people, and all who fear your name,   from the least to the greatest. It is time to destroy   all who have caused destruction on the earth.” Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

We should live each day being fully aware that we must all appear before Christ to give an account of how we used our life.  Once you accept the gift of Salvation, now your life in Christ begins.  But we live with a paradox.  We have the mind of Christ, but the ability to sin, even though we are fully justified and are on our way to heaven.  This can make life difficult at times, because we have the choice.  Do we obey Him or not.  It would be a lot simpler if obedience brought immediate reward and sin brought immediate punishment.  But it doesn’t.  If this were true in today’s world then, we would be doing many good things just for the reward. But on the other hand, we would not step outside of His will if it brought immediate punishment.  Then we could say that all those who suffer are sinners and all those who are blessed are saints.  Just the opposite is true.  We do not know why God chose to work out His plan this way, but we do know that He did.  So, we need to stay ever close to Him to know His will and stay within the walls of His kingdom.  In His kingdom, only His will is done.  We must look forward to the prize of eternal life with Him, as we learn to become more like Him in today’s very sinful world.  Move forward in becoming more like Him, not because you will have to stand before Him, but because when you do, you will be covered with His Blood and all the evil will be burned away and only His love revealed in your life today will remain.

Have a God Day!