The Final Reckoning

The Final Reckoning

Read Romans 2:6-16.

In Romans 2:6, Paul reminds us, “God ‘will repay each person according to what they have done.'” Here, it may seem that this epistle, famous for extoling salvation by grace alone, is preaching a works-based gospel. But the actual point Paul is making is this: The Day of Judgment will be a day of reckoning. Those of us who have received Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord will escape the judgment of hell, but we will not escape being held accountable to God.

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10). We must each give an account of how we stewarded our lives—if we walked with Jesus unashamedly or if we lived for ourselves. For believers, the Day of Judgment will be like an awards ceremony. Some believers will receive little, while others will be given spiritual rewards beyond what the human mind can imagine.

My friend, you have a unique calling on your life, and your obedience to this call is what you will be held accountable for when you stand before Jesus Christ at the last day. So, live today with this day in mind, doing the good work that God has planned for you to do (see Ephesians 2:10). There is truly no better way to spend your life; King Jesus alone is worthy of your all!

Prayer: God, help me to obediently follow Your calling on my life and to trust that You are at work for my good to the glory of Your name. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile” (Romans 2:9-10).

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Redeem the Time 

Redeem the Time 

Read Romans 13:11-14.

What does it look like to live in light of eternity? In the last few chapters of Romans, the apostle Paul gives us practical ways to follow God’s will in different areas of our lives—and it all starts with waking from our slumber.

One of the biggest struggles in the church today is spiritual drowsiness, even laziness. God’s Word tells us that when we are more concerned about worldly pleasures—reputation, career, wealth—than about what concerns Christ, when our love for Christ grows cold, when we succumb to self-indulgence, when we pay lip-service to God but presume upon His grace, we are spiritually asleep.

Is there something God has called you to do that you have delayed because you are waiting for a more opportune time? Christian, you belong to the day. It’s time to awake from your spiritual sleep. Christ is coming!

Paul urges us to redeem the time God has given us by using our God-given opportunities, talents, and spiritual gifts to glorify Christ—for “[t]he night is nearly over; the day is almost here” (Romans 13:12). God may open doors of opportunity specifically for you. He may put a certain person in your life with whom He wants you to share the Gospel. He may give you a unique platform to firmly stand on His Word. May each of us be alert and prepared for the day when the clouds roll back like a scroll and the trumpets signal our Lord’s return!

“And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed” (Romans 13:11).

Prayer: Lord, forgive me for the times when I fall asleep spiritually and forget the urgency of the age, for “now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). Use me, Lord, to share this Truth with those You put in my path. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

Concerning the Hope and Resurrection I Am

Concerning the Hope and Resurrection I Am

But when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee; concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged!”

Because of a misunderstanding, the apostle Paul was seized, dragged out of the temple and beaten by men trying to kill him (Acts 21:27-31). The Roman soldiers saved Paul’s life but couldn’t understand what Paul had done to cause the riot.

Paul was not shy to mention his Roman citizenship to his advantage with the Romans; and when he was tried before the Sanhedrin, he astutely used his belief in the resurrection to play on the natural divisions in the council.

Paul had been a Pharisee before his conversion and well knew that the Pharisees believed in the resurrection. The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection of the dead or in angels, so Paul’s announcement divided the council and perhaps saved him from immediate condemnation.

Of course, the Christian belief in Jesus Christ’s resurrection making possible the other resurrections was much different from the Pharisees’ belief, but this essential Christian teaching is an important starting point in preaching the good news of God’s plan.

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Praise in Spiritual Battles 

Praise in Spiritual Battles 

We are in constant spiritual warfare against Satan. He tries to enslave our bodies with addictions and excesses, our minds with heresies and paralyzing doubts, our spirits with guilt and shame. He seeks to take away our joy, rip apart our families, and wreck our relationships with Jesus Christ and His church. When you face trying times and temptations, those are the moments when you need to praise God the most.

Praising God empowers us to defeat the devil. When we praise God, we proclaim the Truth about God, which the devil cannot stand to hear. The great strength of our praise in spiritual warfare is that in praise we exercise faith in God’s love and His victory over Satan. God loves and God wins. Period.

So how do you praise God during spiritual struggles? You can praise God for sending Jesus to win the eternal war for your soul. Praise Him for using the Holy Spirit to convict you of your sins and convince you of your need for a Savior. Praise Him for His guidance and strength in overcoming obstacles. Praise Him for His overwhelming love for you, even when you struggle with temptations and stumble.

You can spend hours praising God for your salvation, and you will not even have scratched the surface of how much God is worthy to be praised. We defeat the forces that would seek to destroy us, undermine our faith, diminish our influence, and demolish our integrity in our praise of the one, true King.

“For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD” (Psalm 117:2).

Prayer: God, thank You for Your love and for sending Your Son to die for me. Thank You that, in the midst of spiritual battles, I can rise above my circumstances in victory as I praise Your holy name. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Do You Have Idols?

Do You Have Idols?

The Thessalonians had been idol worshipers—but they had made a 180-degree turnabout. They had broken away from idols and now served the one true God. Not only did they serve God, but they patiently awaited the return of His Son, the risen Lord Jesus.

Here we see the three great evidences of faith: (1) You turn. (2) You serve. (3) You wait for Jesus to return.

You might say, “But Michael, I don’t worship idols. I’ve never bowed down to an idol in my life. This passage doesn’t apply to me.”

Please understand, an idol is not merely a little god fashioned out of tin or stone. An idol is anything—or anyone—that occupies our attention, our finances, and our time. An idol is anything or anyone that controls us. An idol is anything that takes the place in our lives where God belongs. Our idols today might be selfish ambitions, the accumulation of wealth and power, an infatuation with another person, an addiction to a substance or a behavior, or an obsession with pleasure and fun.

Many of us who claim Jesus as Lord and Savior would have to admit that these are idols in our lives. By the grace of God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we need to declare that we hereby turn away from these idols, and we turn to the living God.

Prayer: Lord, forgive me for setting up idols in Your place. Reveal them to me so that I may repent and turn away from them and to You. May I joyfully serve Your Kingdom as I await the return of my Savior, Jesus Christ. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.