Romans 14:16-17 “Let not then your good be evil spoken of: For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”
August has come, and it signifies the coming season of fall here in the United States’ midwest region. Leaves will slowly change color and fall. The temperatures will cool. The harvest of our land reaped, we set our eyes toward the end of the year.
Our days seem to roll on with a quickening pace as we age. Whether filled with activities or idleness, we look to pick up speed with every passing year. Young or old, we ought to take heed to the ever-nearing meeting we will have with our Savior.
There will come that day spoke about in scripture when we will face our Creator. You will either see Him as Savior or judge.
Revelation 20:11-12 “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the Heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”
We must prepare for this most crucial meeting while we are here on this earth. The question of our salvation will be of the utmost importance then.
“What have you done with my Son, Jesus?”
We may hear this question put in this manner, but God will already know the answer. Receive Him as Savior, and there will be no worries as to your destination.
John 1:12-13 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Condemnation will come to those who rejected Christ or never took the time to decide.
John 3:18 “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
Once you settle your eternal destination, that meeting in Heaven will focus more on what we did while we were here. The sole reason we were left on this earth after salvation was to spread the gospel.
All other things, singing, worship, and glorifying God can be done more perfectly in Heaven. The only activity that we will never have again is to tell lost souls of the Savior who gave Himself out of love.
We, the church, must live as God has gifted and given talent for us to accomplish. As we live from day to day, people will watch us. Whether we are aware they are watching, people will check to see if this “Jesus thing” is real by how we live.
If we live selfishly and worldly, their opportunity is gone, and it will be our fault. The more our lives line up with the Bible, we refute questions with scripture. If we try to justify our living by any other means, our witness will be lost.
The kingdom spoken of in our text this morning is not eternal. It is the kingdom here on earth today. It depends on how God’s children live, how we treat one another, how we treat the lost, how we treat our neighbor, and our enemies.
We must not turn our gaze from the task at hand.
We must take the task seriously before us. Are we living for worldly pleasures or eternal rewards? As time marches on seemingly more swiftly than before, we must take heed to number our days.
Psalm 90:12 “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”
Be prepared to answer the hope that you have in Jesus Christ. Take gospel tracts with that can tell the wondrous story of God’s love and provision of sins forgiven, and a place prepared in Heaven once saved.