Day 24: Monday, October 24, 2016

Rapture Drill ~ Devotions

Day 24

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:10

 

“There will be no tears in heaven,” my mother used to say. And yours probably did too. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be remorse. When the works of believers are judged by Jesus—works both good and bad—there are bound to be feelings of regret.

It is at the bema of Christ that Jesus will judge the works of the saints, and many will no doubt wish they could have a chance to do it all again. Thoughts of what-if are bound to be there. Images of those who were left behind because of our indifference or procrastination will no doubt haunt us. Visions of the things that could have been accomplished had we only prayed more, accumulated less, or lived with greater passion and zeal. When life is over, we all will look over our life. And what we’ll see is what Jesus sees.

Most Christians give little thought to this teaching. “I’ll just be content to be there,” said one believer when faced with the Scriptures about heavenly rewards. And he has a point. Even a small corner of heaven is better than a passing glance of hell. But have we ever thought about what a “backseat in heaven” means to God? In a word, that row is reserved for those who disappointed him. They trusted in Jesus for salvation, but didn’t do much to thank him for it, and now that their days are over, they wish they could do it again. God loves them as they are, but he longs to see them as they could have been.

Writer Jim Elliff rightfully observed that many Christians profess to be content with a “little shack in heaven,” as long as they get to strive for a mansion on earth.

It’s a sad dynamic but not an inevitable one. You and I can be different. We still have time to ponder the what-ifs of life and to do something about it before it’s too late. Today can be the day that you decide to begin living for eternity—to put aside earthly treasures in deference to heavenly ones. To begin living in such a way that at the end of your life you can say with Paul, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, I have remained faithful” (2 Timothy 4:7).

 

Daily Readings:

  • 1 Corinthians 3:13-15
  • 1 Corinthians 15:58
John McSharry

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