DATE WRITTEN: Thursday, 2020-03-19
WRITTEN AT: Paul B Johnson State Park, Hattiesburg, MS
BIBLE REFERENCE: Romans 2:5-8
TRANSLATION: Living Bible (TLB)
BIBLE TEXT: 5 But no, you won’t listen; and so you are saving up terrible punishment for yourselves because of your stubbornness in refusing to turn from your sin; for there is going to come a day of wrath when God will be the just Judge of all the world. 6 He will give each one whatever his deeds deserve. 7 He will give eternal life to those who patiently do the will of God,[a] seeking for the unseen glory and honor and eternal life that he offers.* 8 But he will terribly punish those who fight against the truth of God and walk in evil ways—God’s anger will be poured out upon them.
OBSERVATION: A good worker is compensated and promoted in their job place, but for the one who cuts corners, shows no ambition, and constantly opposes every thing the boss asks of them, they may receive no extra remuneration, or be placed on probation. According to our Scripture, God will judge us in similar ways to that of our boss, but may not offer probation. Meditate with me and assess your own life. If you are honest with yourself, you will know exactly what to expect from God.
APPLICATION: As a working supervisor who used self-appraisals during my employee’s annual review process, I was intrigued to discover how employees rated themselves less than I would in almost all areas of their appraisal! I believe that their good deeds had such an impression on me, that I rated them high in recognition of those times. However, I believe that deep inside they knew that they had a lot more to offer at times, and therefore rated themselves lower. In His Word, God shares with us that He knows more than any supervisor we ever had, and whether we are a favorite or not, He will judge us based on how well we did with the gifts and blessings that He gave to us. Not sure about you, but I believe that I could beat up on myself pretty bad when I consider the times that I failed my Lord in so many areas of my life. But I believe that God, knowing our hearts, will look at our intent. For example: if we are children of the King, we will give of ourselves just as He gave; we will love others unconditionally, just as He loved even us; we will always be conscious of the things we do and the places we visit, because we know that we are children of the King who wants nothing but the best from His children so that others might be drawn to Him. I don’t believe that this is something we need to be paranoid about, because just as we walk in the footsteps of our parents and try to never let them down, so shall we do with our Lord who hung on Calvary’s cross with outstretched arms to show us how much He truly loves us. If we are followers of Christ, others will often see that, feel that, and know that they are safe in following our footsteps straight to the cross. Friends, we dodge the troopers with our fuzz-busters; we hide or disguise our cell phones when we don’t want the boss/teacher/preacher to know that we are checking on a personal email we were expecting; but notice that our Scripture didn’t say that God would have to check His ‘little black book’ where He wrote down our good and bad deeds, it said that He will judge us based on who we truly were as His ambassadors. How do you think you will do? I know that we are not perfect, friends, but because we serve One who is, then we should always seek to honor Him by following His commands and His example, so that we might be recognized as ‘His’ child and therefore increase the desire for others to know our King also. Please pray for me as I ambitiously seek to honor my Lord in all that I do or say, and I will do the same for you, Gob being our Helper and our Guide.
PRAYER: Precious Lord, I am weak but You are strong; I fail, but you have never failed, nor is it possible for You to fail. You know the hearts of my readers and myself, our desires and our weaknesses. We are incapable of living this life in the same way You did, but praise to our Almighty God, all things are possible with You. So today I pray that every reader of this devotional will stop, and seek Your holy and righteousness name as we ask You once again to be our strength and our guide through this old sinful world. Oh that we may represent You and follow Your commands, so that others may desire a relationship with You, so that one day soon when we bow at Your feet, it will be easy to commend us for being Your good and faithful servant. AMEN!
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