Focus on The Man

We can imagine that on "the judgment of the great day" (Jude 6), there will be many excuses.


"But, Lord, what about all of the good that I have done?"


This sounds like Matthew 7:22 "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not done many wonderful works?"


But what will Jesus say?


Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' (Matthew 7:23).


What was their shortcoming? They failed to do the Father's will (Matthew 7:21). The Lord wants us to be "zealous of good works" (Titus 2:14), but all the good works in the world cannot cover sin.


"But, Lord, I was just doing what other folks were doing."


Christ taught that this course of action leads to destruction: "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. (Matthew 7:13).


Remember, something is not right in God's sight just because a lot of people are doing it.


"But, Lord, I was always so busy with work and everything that I didn't have time for church."


A more truthful statement is that one does not make time. Jesus warned: "And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word" (Mark 4:19)


Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment (Hebrews 9:27).


Our life on earth is a one-shot deal: It teaches us to say, "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, (Titus 2:12)


Let us all be certain that we are prepared for that day, so we won't need any excuses.

Roger Campbell

Cleveland, Tennessee

Church of Christ

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