April 21, 2017: What You Need To Know Before the Judgment

Morning: Matt. 24:45-25:13Noon: 2 Sam. 14:1-16:14; Evening: Psa. 69:1-7

The faithful and wise vs. the foolish and two-faced. These two camps will be at odds with one another in the last days. One will be condemned. One will be saved. One will be known to God and the door be opened. One will be unknown to God and the door shut. Jesus assures us that each of us shall be found at the door, some as strangers and some as guests. For as touching the days of Noah, Jesus says, “you also be ready” (Mat. 24:44). The flood will come as of fire in the second return, and it will carry us all into judgment. You also be ready!

Since there will be two camps in the judgment it is imperative that each of us understand the nature of both. A word of warning about the foolish and the wicked, “keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life” (Pro. 4:23). In Jesus’ story about the two servants, the evil servant first spoke to his heart deceit and temptation, “My master is delaying his coming” (Mat. 24:48). True, his master was delaying, but his return was also imminent at a day and hour unknown to him. When today we deceive our own hearts into believing that our Lord shall not come in the hour and moment of our self-indulgences, we immediately endanger ourselves with being found as the wicked servant on the day of judgment. Furthermore, “be sober, be vigilant,” (1 Pet. 5:8), for we are also told that the foolish took no oil for their lamps in the parable of the virgins. As much as our heart must be in the Lord, so also must our minds. When today we blindly follow the deeds and the conduct of others, we will be left with an incomplete picture of God’s will for our lives. We will fail to make the simplest of connections as with oil for the lamp. Our private lives become sinful. Our family lives becomes disastrous. Our social lives outside the church become hypocritical. We will know how to act in the church building and around Christians on Sunday morning, but we will not know how to act in day to day affairs, connecting God’s word with daily living. How soon some depart from the manner of God’s word the moment they turn wheels outside the church driveway! Their spiritual eyes fall asleep at the wheel!

But there is another camp, a faithful and wise camp. This one is found “doing,” upon His master’s return. We tend to stay faithful when we are “doing.” Therefore, in the words of Peter, be among those who “commit their souls to Him in doing good” (1 Pet. 4:19). Stay busy in the work of the Lord. Let your conversation be diligent towards edification at the meal table following worship. Speak kind words. Speak helpful words. Avoid complaining and evil talk. Let even your rest time be toward the growth and continuing sanctification of the spirit. Keep your heart pure, and your hobby time wholesome. And be mindful like the five wise virgins, “gird up the loins of your mind,” as Peter says (1 Pet. 1:13). Don’t quit studying, don’t quit focusing, on the bread of God’s word after Bible Classes and Sermons. Commit yourself to daily Scripture reading, meditation, and prayer. It is good to be busy, but if you’re too busy to engage spiritual things, then you’re too busy in the wrong things. It is good to take interest in a variety of things, but again if your interests take you away from time well spent with God, then your other interests are too great. These are just a few things you need to know before the judgment. Keep learning and keep doing!

Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming” (Matt. 25:13)

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