Does the Lord really care about the things that we look at, the places we go, the things we say, and the way that we live our life?
Paul wrote in the New Testament that those who believe in Jesus and who have asked Him to be their Savior and the Lord of their life, should live in the same way that Jesus lived His life.
He who says he abides in Jesus ought himself also to live just as He lived. 1 John 2:6
The question that each one of us must ask ourselves is “Am I living my life in a manner that is a true reflection of Jesus?” In other words, when people see us—as we claim to love the Lord—do they see a person who speaks and does the things that Jesus said and did? Can people tell if we love Jesus by the way that we speak and the way we live?
Jesus was holy, He was separate from sin. He lived a life that is pure and righteous. Is our language and behavior, appropriate for someone who claims to be a follower of Jesus?
Jesus was loving and forgiving, even to those who treated Him terribly. Are we willing to forgive the people who have hurt us and continue to have a relationship with them?
Jesus spoke against religious hypocrisy. He told the Pharisees that their religion was an offense to God. Do people listen to us and see what we do and consider that our life is in opposition to our claims of faith?
Jesus was fully committed to do the will of the Father. What are the real goals and aspirations of our life? Are we living for ourselves or are we living for the One who gave everything for us?
It is certain that there are many additional points that could be added to these. There is need for reflection and self examination of our own life, regarding these four points.
Jesus said that every one of us will give an accounting of our life to Him some day. There will be a judgement for every believer. Not a judgment for sin, for all of our sins have already been removed from our record because of Jesus sacrifice for us. Our judgement will be to determine our stature in heaven and for all eternity. The degree of authority and our ability to rule with Jesus over the entire universe, will be determined by how we live our life right now. If we will judge ourselves in these matters and see where we need to improve our service to the Lord, then there will be no need for the Lord to judge us as unfaithful, later.
For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. 1Corinthians 11:31
It is my hope that when we are all finally standing before the Lord, that we will remember a day when we realized that our language or our manner of living, was not a true reflection of our claim to believe in Jesus, and we changed ourselves. We began to realize that it matters what we say and do. It matters what we look at, read, and where we go. I pray that there is a day when we began to truly live like Jesus lived, and became genuine reflections of Him as we live in this world. Then, we will not have to be ashamed as the Lord calls our name and we come before Him to be examined for our words and works. He will be able to give us the rewards for our service to Him and we will be filled with joy.
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed… 2 Timothy 2:15
And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. 1 John 2:28
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. 2 Corinthians 5:10