The Coming Judgment

Ecclesiastes 12:1 – “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth.” 

Why do you suppose the writer wanted us to remember God while we are young?  Because our old age is coming, and if we don’t remember and obey God while we are young, we probably won’t when we get older.

The day will come when we die, and then our Spirit will go back to God.  At that point – Judgment Day!  Judgment day is an idea that we have lost in much of our preaching – we don’t talk about it very much, yet life on this earth is hurtling toward that climactic event.  The history of the world will come down to that one moment.

Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.”

Acts 17:31 – “He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained.”

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 says that God will bring everything into judgment.

Hebrews 4:13 says – “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” 

God will judge every act with both strictness and fairness.  He will show mercy to those who have shown mercy, but will be merciless to those who have no mercy (James 2:13 – “For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy”). 

Those who have been given greater opportunities or positions of greater importance will be judged with greater strictness (Luke 12:48 – “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required”).

The very fact that everyone’s life is recorded in heaven says two things: it says that each of us is important, that everything we do is important.

It also says that whether or not we realize it, every thought, word, and action can have eternal consequences. 

It is time to take God and the coming judgment very seriously: Hebrews 10:31 – “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” 

Please don’t let judgment day be the next time you think about God and what He wants for you, don’t let today be the last time here on this earth you think about your life and whether or not you are ready and prepared for judgment day.

Now is the right time to make your life right with God – today is the day of salvation – tomorrow may be too late.

2 Peter 3:9 – “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

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