Living your life unto God
Rom. 14 : 1 – 9
By J. A. Meeks
Many of us think that our life is our possession to do with as we please. We act as if we are at liberty to be idle or to work, or to employ our time and power in one way or another, with out giving account to anyone, or to the Lord. 1 Corinthians 2:5 states “…That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”
We must learn to take a different and more nobler view of our earthly existence. Christ is our judge and He will judge us on the other side of this life. Our life must be tried by our Lord’s all searching eye, and His just and faithful judgment.
Fidelity will be rewarded, unfaithfulness will be condemned by our Lord. For the faithful, the unselfish, the benevolence, and the serviceable, there is secured for them a blessed heavenly reward. “…Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God; arise therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of the LORD” (1 Chronicles 22:19.)
So we live as in the Lord’s eyes, with His wise observant, just, and yet friendly eye upon us. We live in obedience to His will, as the servant to his master, as the soldier to his general, as the statesman to his country.
We must never forget that Judgment is a fact to which conscience, and the constitution of our human nature surely testifies to. People often strive to forget there is a judgment, yet venture to deny it. Judgment involves a divine judge. The Lord will judge the world. He is a judge who is qualified by his Divine knowledge and His sympathy. We are so fashioned that it is just that each of us must be judged. Christ judges, observes, approves, and censures our life every day we live.
I do not believe that the retarded or those who are mentally ill are subject to moral accountability, but all others according to light and privilege must appear for retribution before the throne of God. There is none too high or too low as to escape the law of God. God cannot be deceived. 1 Samuel 6:20 states “…And the men of Bethshemesh said, Who is able to stand before this holy LORD God? and to whom shall he go up from us?”
In closing may I say that each man shall stand alone before our God, each must give an account of his or her deeds. None cannot evade judgment by throwing the blame of one’s sin’s upon society, nor can a person escape the judgment by casting censure upon the church for it’s shortcomings. “…For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” Revelation 6:17.