Living in Light of Judgment Day…

Often I ponder the things I will have to give an account for on judgment day, not only my sin, but my responsibilities as well…

As I get older, my thoughts turn to higher things; What have I done with the life God has given to me so far, and what will I do with the rest of my life.

I remind myself that I have been entrusted by God with life, time, and resources, and I will have to give an account of each of these; I ask myself, did I use them selfishly and squander them on myself or did I use them to cultivate and grow the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. Did I make this world richer or did I take and make it poorer ?

I feel the “weight” of these gifts that I have been given and the responsibility and trust they come with…

Whenever I meditate on all that I have been given, and all that will be required of me, I often pray “Lord, make me ashamed of now what I will be ashamed of on that day, the day I stand before you”.

Also, in an age of individualism I must be reminded that God has given to each one of us a measure of ‘influence’ on others. One of the scariest and sobering thoughts I have is; how have I influenced others? Influence is multi-faceted and multi-generational, how we influence others goes out from us like tree branches spreading in every direction.

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Will my influence on others; my wife, son, family, friends, the brethren, coworkers, unbelievers etc – be for good or ill.

How has my life and influence effected them? Has it been an influence toward righteousness or sin?

What impact will my influence have on them and the decisions they make?

How will my influence on them – influence them toward their family, friends, the brethren, coworkers, unbelievers etc.

And all this for generations?

And I will give an account for all this too…

If the old saying is true that “no man is an island unto himself” then surely we need to cry out to the living God for His grace to enable us to lives of Holiness…

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