May 14, 2013

Firsthand Experience | Day 27

The Day Of Reckoning

Scripture to meditate on: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)

The following is an excerpt from Firsthand: Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own by Ryan and Josh Shook.

What we have learned and so many others from our generation have learned, is that making a difference in the world has nothing to do with how talented you are or how much money you have. Your eternal footprint—the impact you make on this earth—will be determined by whether you respond to the calling of the Spirit of the Lord in your heart to love a broken world, to step into the gifts and passions the Lord has blessed you with to meet the needs that others overlook.

Do you remember a board game called the Game of Life? As kids we played it a lot with our family. We’d each start off with a little plastic SUV and then put our little plastic pink and blue pegs in our cars. As we went along in the game, we had to make some decisions—things like Will I get married or not? Will I have a career or not? At the end we came to a square called the “Day of Reckoning,” where we had to account for our debts and the decisions we’d made during the game.

Well, the truth is that there really will be a day of reckoning. The Bible says it is the day when all of us—everyone who has ever lived—will stand before God and give an account for how we spent our lives. That’s what the parable of the sheep and the goats in Matthew 25 is all about. And we think there are two things God will ask us on that day.

First of all, He’s going to ask us, “What did you do with My Son, Jesus Christ? Did you have a firsthand faith in Him?”

And the second question will be “What did you do with the divine disturbances I put in your soul? Your time, talents, treasure—I gave them all to you. Now, what did you do with them in the areas where I was trying to get you involved?”

Step out in firsthand faith, and do something for someone else, and leave the results to God. He can do extraordinary things through ordinary and imperfect people like you and like us. We’re confident of one thing: whenever you stand for the poor and powerless, God stands with you!