Seeing the Finish Line
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
-2 Timothy 4:7, emphasis added
God is the One waiting at the end of life to assess our lives. He is the One who is going to determine our eternal habitation: eternal bliss or doom. He inhabits all of time-the past, present, and future. In fact, He Himself is beyond time. How can that be?
If you were on the star Alpha Centauri, 4.2 light years away, the light reaching you would be from four years ago. We don't have any trouble thinking about that. If you were on some distant galaxy that is hundreds of light years away, looking back at planet Earth through a telescope, you would be looking at events that happened hundreds of years ago.
In a real sense, everything that has happened here is still traveling out into the cosmos. I don't know how that can be, I just know that God said all the events (past, present, and future) are in front of Him at all times. Did you know that every word we have said, everything we have done, is radiating up in front of God right now? He sees it all equally, and He is standing at the finish line of our lives. The only thing that gets rid of the bad we have done is the blood of Jesus Christ. That is why it is so wonderful being a Christian. Although unbelievers have to face all their sins at Judgment Day, we get to "delete files" that we know are bad.
Jesus is standing at the finish line-and He controls all things: " ‘I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death' " (Revelation 1:17-18). And Psalm 103:12 tells us that "As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us" (Emphasis added).
Remember: "We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad" (2 Corinthians 5:10). When I talk to people about Christ, I like to show them these verses. We need to know that all of us are going to stand alone before God.
We are going to individually answer His questions to account for our life, for God owns both the universe and the finish line: "For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's. . . . We shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: ‘. . . Every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.' So then each of us shall give account of himself to God" (Romans 14:7-12).
Stop for a moment and think about what you expect to have in heaven. Remember: all that you can take with you are those you've influenced with the Word of God. And, the only thing that you can send ahead is money and time invested in the Lord. In the space provided below, you may wish to list some of your accountings as of today.
1. Here is a list of those I have seen come to Christ through my witnessing and prayers:
2. I have invested time for the Lord in the following ways:
3. I have invested money sacrificially by giving to these areas Jesus approves of:
How are you doing in your getting ready to stand before Jesus to give an account of how you invested your life?
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