The Evidence of Our Lives
I often think about what comes after this life. I wonder what God will say concerning my life. Will He see it as I wish He would? Would He see the good? Would He accept my obedience as a pleasing offering or would my works fall short?
The Bible talks about our works. Christians are to be careful how we build and what tools we use to build. It talks about our fruit. Are we soil that bears fruit thirty, sixty or a hundred-fold, or are we the servants who have nothing to show for His investment in us?
Would we be sheep at His right hand or the goats who shunned Him when we shunned our neighbors?
I don’t pretend to have all the answers when it comes to eternity, but I do see the scriptures and they are very clear what God, the farmer expects from us, the land which He has sown.
I know the scriptures teach that I must add to my faith goodness, to it, knowledge, to knowledge, self-control, and perseverance, godliness, mutual affection and love. (2 Peter 1:5)
They teach that I must walk in the light as he is in the light. (1 John 1:7)
They teach that I must love God and my neighbor, and I must obey the Lord’s commands which are all good and perfect. (Luke 10:27; John 14:23)
I know that Christ Jesus has paid the price for our guilt-that is, our blameworthiness; He has paid the price for us to be freed from the guilt of sin and the power of sin. (Galatians 3:13; Romans 8:2; Romans 7:24,25) We know that He enables us by His grace to be and to do all He has called us to.(Philippians 2:13) I also know that He constantly calls us to submit and to live up to what we have already attained. (Philippians 3:16)
I think about what the evidence of my life would be. Are we conscious that every day counts? That the words we speak count? That the opportunities we accept to conform to His ways and His thoughts count?
When we choose to be like the world, the Lord sees. When we deny Him by the way we live, He takes note. When we harbor unforgiveness and bitterness, He knows. When we hate, He can see it. When we treat others with disdain, when we pretend, when we discriminate, when we are unjust, when we cheat or steal or rob others of opportunities. When we speak as though He is too far away to hear, and all that matters is what we can see.
God knows. God is not mocked; of this I am sure.
What would happen if we lived as though the word of God were the most important thing? What would happen if we submitted our lives to God completely and understood that He is Lord over everything and everyone? What would happen if we didn’t compromise? If we didn’t straddle the fence?
For everyone who has chosen to live under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, I encourage you, please, stay. Remain on the path of righteousness even when you look foolish. Even when you like Noah, have to look like a fool for decades. Remember that many others have gone before you and have kept the faith. We cannot give up. We cannot compromise. We cannot concede to the enemy. We cannot tire of the fight of righteousness. We will contend for the faith. We will contend for the souls of men. We will proclaim the kingdom of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We must leave good evidence of our lives in Him.
Heavenly Father, holy is Your Name. Your kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus Name. Amen.