Devotions for Saturday, August 13, 2011
2 Corinthians 5:6-10
6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.10 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.
Pastor Ben’s Commentary:
This may sound like kind of a morbid question, but have you ever had someone close to you die? I have a couple of times. What happens to us when we die? It’s an important question.
The Bible says in this passage that those who have faith in God in life need to know what is going to happen to them. To be “absent from the body” (physical death) means that we are present with the Lord. There is no in-between place. (v.6-8).
The author then goes on to explain that because we believe that one day we will be with God, we want to be ready to see Him. (v.9-10) Let me explain: My parents used to leave Shad and I at home by ourselves from time to time. Many times when they left us they would give us a list of chores to get done.
Now if I knew that my parents would be back soon, we wouldn’t mess around too much and would get right to work on the list because I knew I’d see them soon and answer to them for what I did.
But sometimes when I knew they’d be gone all day I would procrastinate. I’d play video games, or watch tv and waste time. Then I’d look up at the clock and realize-“Oh No-they’ll be back in 20 minutes and I still have to do all this stuff!” Of course when I messed around they always came back early. I’d hear the garage door come up and I knew I was in trouble.
What’s my point? When I was realistic about the fact that my parents would come home and hold me accountable for what I did it would impact how I behaved.
The author is telling us-One day you will stand before God and give an account for what you did right and what you did wrong. The believer won’t have to pay for their sins, Jesus already did that. But you will give an account to God for what you did and did not do.
1. When people die they will either be with the Lord or separated from Him. You are not your body. Everyone lives forever somewhere. This gives hope to people of faith, and should also be a sobering thought for us as well.
2. Even believers, who will spend eternity with God, are still accountable for the way we live. We will face Jesus one day. That will be really cool, but it is also really serious too. We want to meet him knowing that we did a good job with what was given to us.
If you had to stand before God today, would you know that you are ready? Would you be ashamed of how you lived, or excited to meet Him?
18 thoughts on “Authentic Faith- Day 10”
If I had to stand before god today I would feel so nervers, and I would know that I’m ready because when your ready you feel it…well maybe not for other people.would I be ashamed of how I lived?? I don’t know if I would or not I’m a pretty behaving girl. I would be so excited to meet him that I would probably sweat alot but it would be an honor to meet him!!! 😀
Mafalda- Glad to see you back on. How was your first week of school?
It was fun thank you for asking and the first day there was alot of paper work to do hehehe 🙂
We should walk by faith, not by our own sight.
I totally agree with ben even if we don’t see Jesus we should have faith in him and see him by our faith.
When I read this passage, I thought about what Sean Sears said at camp. He said that one day when we die, if we’re saved, we’ll be presented to the Lord and he will tell you thing things that you did and did not do for Him. He will either congratulate you for living the life He intended for you, or He will tell you the life He had designed for you and you missed out because you chose the life YOU wanted. I know that if you asked me this question last year, I would’ve been so ashamed to even admit I was involved in church.. I was so far off from what God wanted me to be doing, I was wrapped up in an unhealthy relationship that just caused me to get into a lot of trouble. I pushed God off to the side and was living my life the way I wanted to, and the sad thing is, I didn’t even realize it at the time. I was playing the church game and acting like a holy little girl when I was disobeying my parents, disobeying God.. But, the coolest thing in the world is, that after all of that happened, I woke up to reality and realized there is so much more I can be doing for my life, there is so much more i can be doing for God! I asked for forgiveness from God and i know He forgave me because God promised that! God forgives and forgets, so I started a new slate for my life and I no longer live my life based on what I want to do, but based on what the guy upstairs wants me to do. 🙂 Trust me, it’s all worth it, because living a life for God is so rewarding in so many ways and the coolest thing EVER! I don’t know about you guys, but when I get to heaven and stand before God I want Him to say, ” Good job Melannie, you lived the life I had designed for you, and you became a ninja for me. Welcome to heaven!” 🙂
Melanie the Ninja!
I have had alot of famliy that have died and really wish I could have known them better but I am happy that the are with our creator. When we die most of us go to heaven and sadly some people go to hell but other than that we go to live in the after life.
If i were to die right now, and had to stand before God today I think I would be very excited, but I would also feel like I didn’t do enough. I know I’ve messed up a lot, and I feel like I havent done half of what I could do for God! I wouldn’t exactly be ashamed of how i lived, because right now I’m doing everything I can to the glory and honor of God! But.. I wish I could do more. I want to get to heaven, look up at God, and have Him tell me He was proud of me. Like Pastor Ben said, just because we are believers and are saved from an eternity separated from God, it doesn’t mean we aren’t accountable for our actions!!
What I got out of this passage was that we all think that we are the best people ever and we are going to go to a good place when we die but it’s not like that we have to have faith first and make god number one in our lives and I’m not saying any of you are bad people I mean that we need to follow the path that god has given us and live life the way he wants us to and believe that he is our redeemer and savior.
Let me be brutally honest. If I had to stand before God right now I am not sure I would be proud of the life I have lived for him because to be honest a lot of the time my life is lived for me. Whats my point? God has given me every breath I breath and has saved me from the punishment for my sins, and he has done the exact same thing for you. Because of that we should want to live a life that is ALL about him. I will never have to do anything to earn Gods love and that is amazing but if I really love Him I will do whatever I can to make him happy. What more can you do for God that you are already doing? So that when we do see God, he will say “Im proud of you and all the work you did for me!” How incredible would that be! 🙂
I Think if I were to stand before God like right now I would be excited to see him! But also scared, because I’m not sure what He would say about how I’ve lived so far! I hope it would be good things, but honestly there’s a lot of stuff, like talking to people about God, where I chicken out cause I’m too scared or it’s out of my comfort zone! But I’m ready to change that! Cause when I stand before God I want him to be proud of me 😀
Standing before God is an exciting thought, but sometimes a very sobering one for me. Have I really done everything I could for God? I’m afraid the answer is, not always, many times the world and my own plans get in the way of what God wants me to do. It is something that I have to struggle with each day. Putting God first.
I’m so happy to see you guys realizing this at a young age. Many Christians make the mistake of thinking, I’ve accepted Jesus, I’m covered. I’m going to heaven. We forget that we have work to do for God as long as we’re here. These verses are a good reminder that even though we are saved, we will still be held accountable for our actions or lack of action for God.
Like Pastor Ben said about his parents coming home, we don’t know when Jesus is coming back. I pray that the Holy Spirit will help us all stay focused on doing everything we can for God while we can. It would be so amazing to stand before God and know that He is pleased.
Sandi, that is such a good point! I know when I was little I was unaware that there was more that I was accountable for, and I thought as long that I was saved, loved God, did good things that was it… Until I found out that is a misconception of what being a follower of Christ truly means. I think a lot of people do think what you said about being saved and being covered. I love the way you put that! You really find out what it’s all about when you open the book that explains everything! Just have to read. Good point Sandi! 🙂
One thing I got out of this is that yeah I’m saves and that’s cool, I still mess up. I am very thankful that know matter how bad I mess up I will be forgiven, now that isn’t an excuse to do what ever I want, but it’s nice to know that even earthly relationships may fail the relationship I have with Jesus never will.
Ryan- I’ve never seen you mess up… I’ll believe it when I see it.
Just messin’, but seriously though- good point. I know I’m gonna let people down at some point. And I know eventually others will disappoint me too. Jesus Christ never will an that is so encouraging!
One of the nice things we can think about now is that we are not dead standing before God which means we still have time to share and do what He intends for us to do.
I know there are some areas I need to strengthen in my walk like scripture memory. “thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against God” – not that I won’t sin against God but that I might not.
I think if I stood before God that He would be pleased with portions of my life and sad with others but I would feel as though my time was too short and I didn’t get to fulfill all that He intended for me to do for His Glory. I pray He gives me ample opportunities and that I recognize them and take them.