‘judgement belongs to the God‘ (Deuteronomy 1:17 NIV)
God spoke through Isaiah and said, ‘The LORD will judge all flesh‘ (Isaiah 66:16 NKJV).
Unfortunately. the world will judge us, in everything that we do, especially when we say we are a Christian, for then we will stand out from others around us, and some people delight in trying to point out our weaknesses, and where we fail. In God’s eyes, whether we tell a lie, steal, or kill someone, we sin and that is a black mark against us; the world sees sin in shades, some sins being worse than others, but that is simply not true, ‘for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God‘ (Romans 3:23 NIV).
We know that when we give our life to Jesus, we become, ‘a new person‘ (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT). That, sadly is not it though; to stay true to God, and to follow his path, can be difficult, as we are surrounded by the world, and those in the world who do not know Christ can cause us to stumble. We need to be careful in what we do, ‘If you do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning‘ (Romans 14:23 NLT). So if we think we are doing wrong, then we probably are, we need to keep ourselves pure, and we know that as followers of Christ, we should, ‘offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God‘ (Romans 12:1 NIV).
We must be ready at all times to glorify God and not the world, which will be judged, so, ‘if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it‘ (1 Peter 3:15 NLT). Another translation says that we should, ‘give a defence… … a reason for the hope that is in [you] us‘ (1 Peter 3:15 NKJV). We must always honour God, if we deny Him, ‘He will also deny us‘ (2 Timothy 2:12 ESV). So, never play down our forgiveness, it was monumental what Jesus did for us, He died for us, and not only that, but it was, ‘While we were still sinners, Christ died for us‘ (Romans 5:8 NIV). He did not died for us because he thought we were good, he died for us because there was no other way that we could pay our debt, we are free of our bondage through Christ’s death on the cross. We have been set free by Christ, and we should , ‘use [your] our freedom to serve‘ (Galatians 5:13 NLT).
We need to remember that, ‘He (Jesus) washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit‘ (Titus 3:5 NLT). We are none of us perfect, but I think it is very important to remember this saying, ‘I remember two things very clearly, I am a great sinner, but Christ is a great Saviour‘ (John Newton 1725-1807). And above all, a line from the film God’s Not Dead, ‘God is good (all the time) And all the time (God is good)‘ (Don Moen / Paul Overstreet).
All these pieces, broken and scattered
In mercy gathered, mended and whole
Empty handed, but not forsaken
I’ve been set free, I’ve been set free
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I am found
Was blind but now I see
Oh I can see You now, Oh I can see the love in Your eyes
Laying Yourself down, raising up the broken to life
You take our failure, you take our weakness
You set Your treasure, in jars of clay
So take this heart, Lord, I’ll be Your vessel
The world to see Your life in me
Broken Vessel (Amazing Grace) – Joel Houston, Jonas Myrin
Lord we thank you that you are so good to us, all of the time. We know that we often fail you, yet in your goodness and faithfulness, you accept us back into your family when we say sorry and repent of our wrongdoing. Help us to live better lives for you, help us to show your light in our lives, your goodness and faithfulness to others we meet. Lord you are so, so good to us.
Lord we pray for the youth of the world, help them as they grow, to know you. Place people in their lives that can and will show them what it means to be a follower of Christ. There is so much in the world to tempt young people away from the Church, help the people surrounding them to show them that a better life awaits those who live with you at the centre of their lives.