It’s time to go to the movies! You buy your ticket, grab your popcorn, a huge Pepsi with enough calories to feed an orphanage… You find a seat… The lights go dim… And who’s face should appear on the silver screen?… YOURS! It’s your whole life made into a movie starring none other than you.
At first you may picture yourself waving and posing for the paparazzi. But then you start to think about your spastic behavior just in the last month… Oh no! I sent a few nasty emails to my unsaved family members, then, I shot a bird at that bratty little college student who ran up on me, beeped his horn and then zoomed around me (how dare him)… Then, last week I told my wife to suck it up because I don’t get a day off and neither does she even though she was throwing up! But!! I did sing in the choir three times this month and I even preached a sermon directly at that woman who’s cheating on her husband from the pulpit in front of everybody… You know, it was a message everyone could receive!
Oh my! You know, in Romans the Bible tells us that we will all be held accountable for all that we do! God shows no favoritism no matter who you are or what you’ve done! For some, this message is a relief… For others, not so much!
But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. He will judge everyone according to what they have done. He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers. But he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness. There will be trouble and calamity for everyone who keeps on doing what is evil—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. But there will be glory and honor and peace from God for all who do good—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism. Romans 2:5-11
(New Living Translation or “NLT”)
It doesn’t matter who you are, what denomination you are a part of, what your job is, pastor, president, garbage man, CEO, doctor, homeless person… It doesn’t matter. We will all be judged according to what we’ve done both good an bad.
Today I encourage you to live up rightly as Jesus would expect of His disciples… Because you are one!