By G. P. Avants
“If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or stubble, his work will be shown for what it is because THE DAY will bring it to light.”
1 Corinthians 3: 12-13
Judgment day. We’ve heard about it in movies that talk about the end of the world. It can bring chills down our spine or it can be more like a great reward. I guess it depends on where you stand with the Lord.
Let me back up for a minute. I had a job a few years back that involved explosives. Actually, we were able to watch some hillsides being dynamited as part of a local dam project. The guys who get to create the explosions say it’s a lot of painstaking work for the few spectacular seconds that follow. However, they love to see their work go up in smoke. That means it was a job well done.
Being a spectator, it seems like an eternity before the big boom. There is a lot waiting, checking the clock, listening to announcements, before anything happens. Then there’s that count down 5..4..3..2..1..:Each second hangs in the air. We anticipate what’s about to happen because none of us knows exactly what we are about to see.
The end of the world used to scare me. I would hear of wars going on and wonder if I was really ready to face the end. It’s a good thing, I think, to always make sure you are right with God…daily. Is this relationship all that it should be? Is there one at all?
If you haven’t read the book of Revelations in the Bible, you really should. God promises a blessing to those who read it. Maybe that blessing might entail a little insight and peace of mind at the same time. The beauty of this insight, is that you might know all of these things happening around us are in His plan. You experience peace of mind knowing that you can be ready for the Lord and His second coming. The real Judgment Day will come when we face the Lord Jesus himself. He will ask what we did with the life God gave us. God will ask, “What did you do with my Son? Was He you’re life or was He ignored?” These are simple but, tough questions. He will wait for your response.
I think I was scared because of all the sneaky things I did in my life. I was going to be embarrassed to have everyone know what I did. I tried to get it right with God in my own strength however, I went back to my ways. I never really felt confident that I could honestly be good before God. That’s because I was trying to do it myself. That was my first big mistake. When it became too much I basically surrendered. “I can’t do this, Lord. If you are real take my life, I can’t do this, I surrender to you.” That’s where I should have started. He lifted my burdens and showed me how to face my life in His strength. I wasn’t afraid of the future after that. No, my confidence shifted from me to Jesus. He’s now the Savior and the Judge, an advocate and just lawyer in court. What better help could I ask for on that day?
When I feel like I am under fire in my life, I see it as a Pre-Judgment Day of sorts. The Lord is burning the sinful man from me so he won’t be haunting me on Judgment Day. It’s like he’s rooting out those things that would have caused me to be condemned. He is using this life to get us ready for the real thing: eternal life.
There’s still time, you know. If you feel Him tugging at your heart, that means you have that chance too. Let Him speak to you, redeem your life and become the Lord to you. Believe me, I have been where you are friend. I have had all kinds of days but, I do not regret ever giving my life to the Lord Jesus. He is ready to do something only He can: be your hope for today, tomorrow, and your sweet victory on Judgment Day!