Modern Epistles

A collection of divinely-inspired messages penned with the modern Christian in mind, with the hope to inspire and instruct one in their daily walk with Jesus.

Held Accountable

Romans 14:12

So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

Here is a question; God has promised us immortality, wealth, noteriety, His company, the company of His Son Jesus, the opportunity to rub shoulders with angels, with the saints, and with the biblical giants of old; mansions, and so much more, that man cannot even conceive it in his mind -- why don't people flock to him? Why are some still resisting the Divine Call? There are two answers I can come up with. I'm sure there are more, but these come to my mind.

Unbelief, resistance to Divine Law

Until we came to the knowledge of God and his Plan for our lives, we thought we were born to pursue our own course, to do our own thing, without having to give account of our actions to anyone.

Some children believe when they grow up and leave the authority of their parents, that they're free to do anything they want, and not have to answer to mom and dad anymore; they're free to conduct themselves in a manner pleasing to them. The problem with this mindset is that in most cases, it follows no moral code. I can do anything I want -- who's going to stop me?

In some countries, there are stringent rules that govern the conduct of their citizens, that if broken, could result in serious repercussions. However, in a "free" society, one has the right to pursue life, liberty and happiness,but oftentimes, its done at the expense of others. Some would lie, cheat, steal, even kill to achieve their aspirations.

Although these actions may escape the eyes of man, they certainly do not escape the eyes of God. God is Omnipresent, meaning He can be everywhere at the same time. The prophet Jonah tried to escape his presence, only to end up in the belly of a fish. Having found himself in such a predicament, he came to his senses, and God ordered the fish to expel him onto the shore. Nothing is hid from him, and unless a person turns from their wickedness, and follows his precepts, He will not forget these actions. In fact, every act of man will be given account of on Judgement Day whether good or bad, for He is keeping record of everything said, and every action performed by every individual, and it is based upon this, that determination is made where that person spends Eternity.

You may ask; How can I guard my thoughts and actions? Total surrender to the Will of God, reading, studying and meditating on his Word continually, staying in contact with him through prayer and fasting, saturating yourself with the company of strong brothers and sisters in Christ, regularly attending worship services -- worshipping Him and not just "going to church". Every worship service should be an uplifting experience, and that individual should leave feeling closer to God; Shunning those forms of worldly entertainment that can be detremental to your spiritual growth, and finally, but certainly not least, being sensitive to the leading of the Holy Ghost, allowing him to cultivate his life in you.

Man is truly living on borrowed time. It is time borrowed from God, and it is He that gives us life, so we lay claim to nothing. If we feel we can do anything will the life he's given us, we're in for a rude awakening.

One day, we all will have to stand before the Throne of God, to ante up for all the things we've done in this life. At this time, there will be no second chances, however, we have opportunity now, while breath is still in us, to make it right with him -- to ensure that we see him in peace.

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