As I write this, many people are still processing the news of the deaths of Rodney Marsh and Shane Warne.
Shane Warne’s death has been felt especially keenly because he was young, and no one was expecting it.
But death is like that.
It comes without warning, when either you, or someone you know, dies – a sober reminder of just how fragile and fleeting our lives are.
In today’s reading, Paul reminds us that after death we will be held accountable before God for our lives. To be clear, Paul is speaking here about the judgement of Christians when they must give an account for how they have lived their faith in this life.
You see, for Christians, judgment for sin is dealt with the moment they put their trust in Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes Him who sent me, has eternal life, and he does not come into judgement, but has passed out of death into life.” (John 5:24)
But this is not the case for everyone. Everyone will face judgment after death but there will be many who have not responded to the call of Jesus on their life, and they will face Him and be judged accordingly for their sin.
The Bible says, “It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:31)
God, through His Son Jesus, has paid the penalty for the sin of all mankind thus making it possible for all people to be forgiven freely of their sin now and not face the prospect of being judged for sin in the next life.
When you die, all your fame, wealth, prestige, and legacy is left behind and you will stand before your Creator to give an account.
Will you stand before Him with Jesus or without Jesus?
It’s the most important question you will ever answer.
“You attitude to Jesus in this life will be the same as His toward you in the next life. If you accept Him now, He will accept you then. If you reject Him now, He will reject you then.” What is your attitude to Jesus?