As we reach the various ages in life, we’re compelled to look back and see what we’ve accomplished according to the milestones of today’s world. This can be depressing when we’ve failed to meet these predictions, and it can hinder our attitude for the future. As believers in Jesus, though, we must remember that we don’t belong to this world and shouldn’t be controlled by its marks. Our greatest concern should be what have we done in His name to further His Kingdom because when we stand before Him at the Judgment Seat, Jesus will ask us what we have done with our life.
But it won’t be about what we’ve done throughout our entire lifetime from birth to death. We will only answer for how we’ve lived our life since we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Everything before that is under the blood and has been forgiven and forgotten. It’s all the things that we did or did not do since our salvation that we will have to account for.
Jesus told us in Mark 16:15 that we are to preach the gospel to the world. Each of us has a mission field to work in whether it’s on a massive stage preaching to the nations or speaking one-on-one to the people in our neighborhood, at work, in the gym, at school or in the grocery store. The issue is love. Do we love Jesus enough to follow Him and teach others about His gospel? Will we live our lives as a testimony for Jesus or just talk about it? Because a believer’s life is not about the talk; it’s about the walk.
We read in Matthew 16:24 that we are to deny ourselves and pick up our cross…the testimony of Christ…and follow Him, follow His example and be filled with His love for people so that we will want to do all we can to get them saved. When we love Him, we will obey Him and do His will more than we’ll want to pursue our own personal happiness in this world…a world that will soon pass away. As believers, we must always be willing and ready to share the gospel.
- Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.—2 Timothy 4:2
God is loving and just, and He won’t give us more than we can handle. If we are still babes in Christ, He isn’t going to expect us to do the same work as a mature believer. But as we study the Bible and spend time in prayer and worship, His will becomes our will, and as we grow in the Lord, our opportunities to witness to others and help them will become more frequent, and possibly more challenging. As it says in Luke 12:48, to him who much is given, much is required. In other words, we don’t gain the knowledge and wisdom just so we can make our own life more prosperous; we are trained to work in God’s army here on earth to win over evil and bring souls into God’s Kingdom. We can step out and start working with God to get the gospel out to the people and to help encourage and support other believers.
When we stand before Jesus at the Judgment Seat, we will have to give an account for what we have done with our life as a believer. It won’t be all the “good” things we’ve done in life that Jesus is going to reward us for. We will be recognized only for the things we did in His name, and for His glory. Even the unsaved people of the world do good things, but those good works didn’t save them.
- Then the King will say to those on His right hand, “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.” Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, “Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?” And the King will answer and say to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”—Matthew 25:34-40
If we aren’t burdened with love for people and with the urgency to get them saved, then we need to pray that God puts that burden in our heart. We need to do all we can do to share the gospel with others—NOW! We can’t all work on the front line, but we can all work with the people around us, and we can support Godly men and women who are on the front lines. We can go online and write and share posts that encourage others to seek God. We can get involved in voluntary work at hospitals, hospices and retirement homes. If we can’t do any of these, we be prayer warriors and pray! We can pray for those who need salvation, who need healing, and we can pray for the persecuted Christians around the world. Above all, we can pray for the peace of Jerusalem, that Jesus will come soon and end the evil on this earth.
When we look around us, we’ll see that we are surrounded by opportunities to help people and to share the gospel with them. God has put us where we are for a reason, and if everyone would just work in their own area, it would be amazing because we are definitely not short of opportunities. When we don’t work in the mission field and help people, we are infidels. We don’t have Christ at heart and so we won’t do His will above our own will. This is a dangerous place to be because He does see everything we do—and don’t do—and we WILL stand accountable for it all.
- He will answer them, saying, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.” And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”—Matthew 25:45-46
When we love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, it’s easy to be like Jesus. We study the Bible to gain wisdom and knowledge, and pray and worship to strengthen our relationship with Him. Then His will becomes our will, and when we see a person in need, our own heart will yearn to help them. When Jesus is not the center of our being, we can easily pass by someone in need and not even think to help. But when our heart is true towards Jesus, His burden to help others becomes ours, and we will take advantage of every opportunity that crosses our path to help others. Then when we stand before Jesus one day, we will be happy to tell Him what we did with our life.
We don’t know how long we’ll be here, but we do know that Jesus is getting ready to call His saints home and then this world is going to face its darkest hour. So, let’s work while there is Light, and let’s do all we can to share the gospel with a voice of hope, a heart of love and hands that are willing work so we can’ show God’s love to those in need.
- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.—Colossians 3:23-24
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