Week 14 Discipleship – The Resurrected Life

We just celebrated Easter. The celebration of a risen Savior is what set Christianity apart from everything else. Between the death and resurrection Jesus Christ defeated Satan, sin, death, hell and the grave. Together the cross and the resurrection combine for some major victory. One of our challenges this week is not to just look at the resurrection as a future blessing, but also look at it as present victory. We all need to learn that there is victory in Christ. I hope and pray this week will help you.

Falling Into God’s Hands

Hebrews 10:31  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

There are a lot of ways to approach the thought of falling into the hands of a living God. The key to this is understanding that God does not want us to be afraid of Him. God does not intend for us to read such a verse and not desire His presence in our lives. When we consider falling into the hands of the Living God we must understand it an attitude of reverence and respect. It is something that should not be done with carelessness. I remember one time getting on a four wheeler when I was in high school. It was a racing four-wheeler. I had never been on anything like that before. I remember getting out on that back road and catching 3rd gear doing about 50mph. 50 mph does not sound that fast but I still had two more gears left. That machine would flat out fly. It was so much fun but at the same time I got off and told my buddy, “If you are not careful, that thing will kill you.” You see, this four-wheeler could be enjoyed if handled with care and respect. However, operating such a machine with carelessness and fearlessness would be dangerous. Our relationship with the Lord is much the same. We do not have to avoid the Lord because we are scared of Him. Our relationship with the Lord has the ability to be enjoyed if we handle it with caution, care, and respect. When people approach God with a sense of carelessness is when things become eternally dangerous.

We all need to approach God in the same manner. He is a God that should be experienced and enjoyed, but He is a God that should be respected and reverenced. When we live our lives with carelessness and recklessness,there is potential danger on an eternal level headed our way. God loves us, but at the same time we have to realize what He is capable of doing with us.

Judgement Day

Romans 14:11-12  For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.  12  So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

There is a pay day some day. There is coming a time when every one of us will have to stand before God, bow before God, and confess to God. All of us are going to have to answer for ourselves before God. We will not have to imagine what we will be doing when we get before God. While I understand that God already knows the answer to everything, I have often wondered what questions will be asked before the Lord and how the answers will be revealed. The exposure of our entire lives both public and private will be open before the throne of God. There will be total exposure, and we will have to give an answer for each moment of our life. I am not even sure how this process is going to happen. Here are some of my thoughts regarding this event:

  • The internal thoughts and motives of my heart will play as everything in my life is exposed before a Heavenly throne. There have been a lot of times people have been fooled by actions while they never knew the matters of the heart. The intentions, the internal thoughts, and the motives of the heart will be played out loud throughout each event.
  • Nothing will be hid from God. We seem to want to play a dangerous game of roulette with God, each moment taking chances on whether or not we will have another moment to live. We have to understand the reality of having to answer to God. It is inevitable, but at the same time it is going to be brutal. Nothing will be hid. There is no small compartment within the heart where we will be able to hide our secret sins.
  • What will I be able to say? Seriously, in the midst of total exposure there will be no excuses. We will not be able to pass blame, and we will not able to talk our way out of it. I can imagine something in my life getting exposed and just having nothing but shame because I failed in my relationship with my Heavenly Father.
  • How long will this last? Everyone is going to be bowing and confessing. It may last for only a moment, it may last for an extended period of time. Operating in eternity may not be something that will have time attached to it. That alone is hard to comprehend, but it is completely possible.
  • What will happen next? This is where things get serious. We will be judged. Actions, motives, and intentions will all be judged by God. This is a point where even our own salvation experience will be judged. I foreshadow a lot of weeping, sorrow, and genuine confession during this time. To stand before a perfectly holy God completely exposed. Maybe the holiness of God’s presence will be what brings total exposure to our public and private lives. I truly believe that it will be then that God will take those who have been saved and wipe away their tears. I cannot imagine a greater time of grace and mercy. He will also cast those who are lost into the lake of fire. Rather than having no memory, those people will live throughout eternity with a constant memory of what could have been if they had not allowed pride into their lives.

The question remains: Are we ready to meet God?