Resolution (a firm decision to do or not to do something)
Most everyone initiates a resolution, or possibly a list of enhancements to alter change in their lives, but how many continue to enact these commitments for 365 days?
As I dusted off my copy of Rick Warren's "The Purpose Driven Life" and began reading it as part of my devotional time each morning, Rick brought to mind the final judgment when we are brought before God. Now for those of you who may not be familiar with this coming event, it is spoken of in scripture there will be a day when we are brought before God to give an account of the deeds, actions, words, etc., we have carried out in these earthly bodies. As a poor visual, it would be as if there were a huge screen on which all of your life will be displayed for viewing before your Creator God. Nothing will be left out because He sees, hears and knows every single thing you have done and said throughout your entire earthly life.
But here are the two questions Rick believes will be asked of us. They are good ones to ponder, so I will pass them along to you. 1) . What did you do with my Son, Jesus Christ? and 2) What did you do with what I gave you?
We so often get caught up in our own self-fulfilling goals and dreams we might leave out the purpose we were given life in the first place. Just think with me for a minute....life was breathed into your body at birth not as a consequence of the Big Bang Theory. Breath came into your body due to the Will of our Heavenly Father. He knows all about you even to the point of counting the hairs on your head. You were not accidentally the collision of egg and sperm. The parents you have were selected and you were part of God's plan. As such, He didn't throw you out into the universe to survive anyway possible. He gifted you with talents and, in return, expected you to ignite those talents and use them for Him (by the way, those gifts and talents are being used to put bread on your tables). That gifting wasn't given so you could accumulate all the wealth, gadgets, homes, cars and educational pursuits galore. Although, those things in and of themselves are not defective or unacceptable. But when they are placed above God and His Son, Jesus Christ, then we have crossed some very important lines.
So I place those two questions before you as we head into another year. Even if you think the final judgement will never happen, that all I am writing is warped, what if I'm correct? What if, take time to consider, this will all transpire and these questions will be asked of you as your turn comes to stand before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. As He looks upon you with a face full of compassion and maybe sadness...."What did you do with my Son, Jesus Christ?" Not what religion were you, how many times you attended church, or how much money was given for ministry purposes. But did you believe in God's Son, Jesus Christ and if so, did you live like you believed it? Did you talk about him, read about him in scripture, live your life to honor him and tell your children about him?
And secondly, "What did you do with what I gave you?" Was one day out of all your days using those beautiful gifts and talents used for His glory and honor? Or was your life full of getting up, getting dressed, using your profession, living a good life that never uttered a word in God's direction, but always expecting Him to be present during times of troubles? God is not a genie in a bottle, friends. And when Jesus returns it won't be a laughing matter. Your time will be up to consider, to ponder and/or to change. He continues to wait with open arms for us to come to him.
Just think about it as the New Year unfolds.....