Hebrews 9:27 says, "...it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment." All of us know that someday our lives on earth will end. But have you considered the fact that, after death, you will give an account for your life to God? Please seriously ask yourself, if you were to face God in judgment right now, would you be ready?
Matthew chapter 25 pictures the day of judgment in which all people will come before Jesus. Those who served God faithfully will be on the right hand, and those who have not served faithfully will be on the left. The faithful will be told, "Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." But the wicked will be told, "Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels." So the wicked will "go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."
Who will be present for this judgment? 2 Corinthians 5:10 says: "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad." All will be there: rich or poor, male or female, doctors, lawyers, politicians, and farmers, all nationalities and all ages. Great men of all ages will be judged: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Adam, and Abraham. Your husband or wife will be there, your children and your parents, and all your friends. I will be there and, most important, you will be there.
Are you ready?
(c) Copyright David E. Pratte, 2003
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