Times Up! 

Ezekiel 7:2
“And you, son of man, thus says the Lord God to the land of Israel:
‘An end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land.”

Ezekiel is declaring to Judah a message that everyone will one day hear. That message proclaimed the end of the road had been reached, and they must now give an account to the Lord for the lives they lived. For them, this day was a sorrowful one. All of the investments they had made were earthly and unable to provide deliverance from divine judgment. Like Belshazzar, they had been weighed in the balances and found wanting (Daniel 5:27).

The Bible declares there will be a day of reckoning for every man. We will all stand before God to receive the wages for the life we lived on earth. If we have made no investments into eternity, that will be a frightening and horrible day. If we have taken the time to prepare in advance, that day will be one of great celebration and reward. The question we must answer is, “How do we prepare for eternity?”

First off, we must deal with sin. Sin means we have violated the law of God, and is a crime committed by all. The Bible declares the penalty for violating the law of God is judgment, but God has provided a way of escape through the cross of Christ. It will not be your wealth, charm, or benevolence that delivers you in the day of wrath; rather, if you have received Christ, your sins are forgiven and eternal life is granted.

Once a person has received Christ, he can begin to store up treasures in heaven. These treasures are given for faithfully following and serving Christ. When we put the things of God above our own desires, we are rewarded. When we take the time to invest in the spiritual well being of others, we are rewarded for that, too. Essentially, spiritual rewards are granted to those who live for Christ.

It is easy to become consumed with the details of life. We can spend almost all of our time tredding water just to keep our head up, and make it to the end of the day. It is important that we look at life through the eyes of eternity. This will enable us to store up eternal rewards, even in the mundane details of life. A young man, faithfully accomplishing his science project, as a witness to his parents of the reality of his relationship with Christ, becomes a means of spiritual reward. The same is true of a young mother caring for her infant son, or an employee seeking to do his job the best it can be done, to impact his co-workers for Christ.

It is time we look at life through the lens of eternity.

Pastor Jim

 

2 thoughts on “Times Up! 

  1. Lana November 6, 2015 / 5:45 pm

    Pastor,
    I believe that we as true Christians must continually ask for forgiveness… We are not automatically forgiven. It is something that we must continually fight and we must continually examine our selves. Once we ask for forgiveness and we are truly turning away from our sin, we are then forgiven. What are your thoughts on this?

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    • pjimgallagher November 8, 2015 / 11:42 am

      When we place our faith in Jesus, we are forgiven of all sin, present, past, and future. We are placed “in Christ” (Ephesians chapter 1). Our sin is imputed to Him, His righteousness is imputed to us. (Romans chpt. 4, especially verses 23&24.) Our salvation from the consequences of sin is based upon the finished work of Jesus, not our continued works of asking for forgiveness. If forgiveness of sin depended upon us, then we would have none of the joy and rest that is found in celebrating our Hero, Jesus and what HE has done (Rom 4:6).

      If we are depending on our works then our salvation is only as secure as how good WE are doing, and ultimately that is not GOOD news! That is BAD news! That’s the same situation we were in before we were saved!

      To be clear it is still appropriate to come to God expressing repentance and sorrow over sin when it creeps in to our actions, words, or thoughts. And it is never appropriate to live a sinful life abusing the grace we have been given. But it is from a position of security in the love and grace of God that we now live the Christian life. God is for us, not against us, and in Christ we have free access to His throne of grace, to find all of the help and mercy we need to live a life that reflects, honors and pleases Him.

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