The Reckoning

Romans 14:11-12For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”

There are two sides to obedience.

One is the part where we fully participate and do what it is we are asked. The other is to acknowledge the order, but head the opposite direction. 

I can remember when Mom and Dad would allow the older ones to babysit the younger. We were given a charge to clean or complete a task. They let us know what was to be done, when they would be home and what would happen if the task wasn’t completed upon their return. 

It didn’t take but one time of disobedience to realize that the liberty and pleasure of being on our own was fully outweighed by the punishment leveled against us for our failure to do as we had been asked. Had we just gathered the forces and completed what was asked of us, we would have had ample time to enjoy what it is we wanted to do. 

We view God as some evil taskmaster who gets twisted pleasure in seeing his children suffer under His oppressive command. Rules and boundaries are good. They provide protection and security. They are given as a sign of love, security and protection. As we grow in our relationship with God, He allows us to choose once those rules and boundaries are given.

The decision to cross over that line God has drawn, is my choice; for which I fully incur the consequences. Some of those consequences are immediate. Others are latent. Some will not be reckoned until we reach Heaven. 

Jesus gave us the illustration of those given talents of their master. They were entrusted with the master’s money to gain as their work would enable them. To one, he gave five talents. To another, two, and to the last, one. 

Their time of reckoning was upon the master’s return. 

The one to whom he gave five, he gained five more. To the one with two; he also gained two. But to one whose inactivity was thinly veiled in a sense of fear of the master; his slothfulness was revealed in the judgment. Had that last servant thought with reckoning in mind, he should have at the very least banked the money to have gained interest for his master. 

Each of us will have that time of reckoning. 
We will all stand before God.

To those who rejected Jesus Christ as Savior in this life; there is an eternal punishment in Hell… forever. We will all bow before God.

Romans 14:11For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”

Philippians 2:9-11Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

It is inescapable. What has been done will be inexcusable. Those of us who have trusted Christ as Savior will have our works judged and rewarded. 

1 Corinthians 3:13-15Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

When you and I see what will be given us by way of salvation, we will feel an overwhelming sense of indebtedness – one for which we will want to show our gratitude. Our Heavenly Father warns us ahead of time to prepare for that moment.

Yes, we who have trusted Jesus Christ as our Savior will enter Heaven.  The works we do here on this earth are our way of confirming that belief and gladly surrendering our will to do His. 

At the time of reckoning, the one who has done what has been asked will have no fear of reprisal or punishment. But the one who has been lazy, neglectful and 
selfish, will see what their actions have gained them. 

Once you and I cross over, we will have no more opportunity to do anything worthy of gaining any merit or reward with our Heavenly Father.

Seeing that day coming and preparing for it, should become clearer to us as the day approaches. The earthly shall fall away; the selfishness and pleasures we seek will dwindle and wane in light of that reckoning.

One day, my faith will become sight. I will stand before the Lord Jesus Christ. I will bow before Him. Seeing the nail scars in His hands and feet, I will fully see the punishment and payment He made to redeem my soul. 

Be overwhelmed with that thought here; today. Then, work to gain gold, silver and precious stones. Jim Elliot, a famous missionary once said:

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”

We have but one life. Let us be reckoned faithful.

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