Today I listened to a conversation between college students in Missouri regarding the Kavanaugh situation. One student told another how he had learned that everything he says or does today can determine his entire future. The idea being that Brett Kavanaugh has discovered that seemingly forgotten events from high school and college 36 years ago, are not forgotten. To some extent, Judge Kavanaugh is suffering along with his family, for what should have been minor mistakes of his youth that are now blown up into events that threaten his career and future.
We do not often consider that everything we say and do in our life has a record. Today everything that we post on social media becomes a permanent record on a hard drive somewhere. Google tracks every single place you surf on the internet. Your cell phone keeps track of your location and stores it in the cloud somewhere. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, record every word, picture, and statement that you make.
If you think this is not true, commit a crime and find out how fast these records can be retrieved and tell authorities everything about your past.
Perhaps you seen the advertisements encouraging you to send in your DNA so that you can find out what your heritage is and who you are descended from. It all sounds great until you realize that from the moment you send in a sample of your DNA, there is a record that will be kept in a database that can be retrieved later to convict you of a crime by your DNA record.
Now that we have talked about the pitfalls of our actions here on earth, have we really thought about the records of our life, our words, every thought and even the intent of our heart that are known by God and a record kept?
Jesus cautioned us to use our words wisely, because “every idle word that we speak, we will give an account to God.” Someday, whether we believe it or not, accept it or not, live like we know these things, we will have to give a reckoning for how we lived our lives.
But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. ~Matthew 12:36
God created us for Himself. He made us to be perfect in every regard, just as He is. He commanded us to live lives free of sin. Not one of us has done this and therefore, we are all under a future judgement.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. ~Romans 3:23
Someday, at death, we will be taken to a holding cell to wait for our judgement, if we have failed to obey God. He also said that there is no condemnation to those who place themselves in Christ Jesus. Those who believe what God said—that He sent His Son into the world to die for our sins and take our judgement—will not see any future judgement for their sins. All of our wrongs are covered by the death that Jesus died for us. When we die, the angels will carry us to heaven where we will live in perfection with God. There will never be a judgement for our sins, ever.
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. ~Romans 8:1
So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to heaven. ~Luke 16:22
Jesus said that those who trust in Him, will experience a judgement for our works after we received Christ—determined by how we lived for Him while on earth. The Lord will reward us if we lived for Jesus and told people about what He has offered the world.
Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven. ~Luke 6:23
Those who reject the love of God and the offer of salvation that He has extended to every person, will be taken immediately to hell where they will be held in a cell, to await their judgement for their sins.
And being in torments in Hades…he cried and said… have mercy…I am tormented in this flame. ~Luke 16:23-24
Once death has taken place, there is no second chance to change our destiny. God gives each one of us one life to make up our mind. At death, our decision to either accept or reject Christ, is sealed.
And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment. ~Hebrews 9:27
In Luke chapter 16, Jesus describes a man who rejected God’s offer of salvation and finds himself in hell after his death. He asks that someone from that terrible place be allowed to return to earth and tell his family not to make the same mistake he made.
This man is told that no one from hell can leave there and besides, Jesus said, God has already given us His Bible where anyone can find out about Jesus’ death for our sins and be saved. God also sent His Son back from death and the grave, and raised Him to life again, so He could testify to us that hell and death are final, and to make the right decisions now while we still have a chance to change our destiny of judgement.
And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us. ~Luke 16:26
Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets (The Bible); let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead (Jesus).’ ” ~Luke 16:27-31
We should worry about what we have done in our life, that may someday come back to haunt us and cost our freedom, our job, family, or life.
We should worry much more about rejecting God’s offer when He sent His Son to die a vicious death for us. He said that those who trample Jesus under their feet and count the sacrifice He made for our sins as nothing, will fall into the wrath and judgement of God.
Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. ~Hebrews 10:29-31
It is up to us to believe what God said and make a wise decision today so that we will never have to regret what we have done in our past.
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