My daughter and I have this book that we read together- for a while it was her favorite- but now we read it only occasionally. It came to my mind today as I was thinking about the passage in 2 Corinthians that we studied at BSF(Bible Study Fellowship) this past Wednesday.
The book is called The Best Mouse Cookie and it’s by Laura Numeroff. The story goes that mouse is making cookies- and at one point he gets a little tired (happens to be when the cookies are in the oven) and the cookies get burned.
The line that the author uses jumped to my mind- mouse gets comfortable… “A little TOO comfortable.” I think that is how I get into trouble sometimes.
2 Corinthians 5:7-11
7 For we live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. 11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others.
Those of us who have committed ourselves to Christ and have received the Holy Spirit and are now reborn in Him, we are called to bear fruit. For we will be called to account for all that we have done.
When I read this Scripture from 2 Corinthians- I feel afraid. Because I have read about the wrath and judgment of God. I know that He despises sin and all evil. When I let evil take root in my life- when I leave it there unchecked- I believe that there are consequences- an accounting will be made.
When we lead others astray- when we fail to be obedient to God’s call on our lives and people suffer because of it- I believe we will be held accountable.
Do I believe that we lose our salvation? No. That is between each person and God- He is the judge- not I.
But I think it is good for us to gravely consider our actions- and whether or not we are being faithful to God’s call upon our lives.
7 The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy.
8 They are established for ever and ever,
enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.
9 He provided redemption for his people;
he ordained his covenant forever—
holy and awesome is his name.
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise.
If you are unsure whether or not you are being obedient to where God has called you- pray, talk to someone you respect- an Elder in your church, your pastor, a family friend. Seek wise counsel. Read God’s Word and pray seeking God’s Will. He will be faithful to point you in the right direction.
2 Chronicles 7:14 -Although God is speaking directly to Solomon about the dedication of the temple here- I think we can also claim this promise.
14 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
I pray that today we will take the time to stop during our day and seek God’s face. So that we will not miss out on opportunities to be used by Him- to bring glory to His Name in our acts of sacrifice and service.
And that we also might try to persuade others (see verse 11). For if God has truly changed our lives and set us free from sin and given us the gift of eternal life- isn’t this something we should want to share?
I pray that we will find opportunities today to share and that we will boldly do so– we are not responsible for how the message is received by others, but we need to be sharing it!
2 Peter 3:9-10
9The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
May the coming accounting for our deeds before God inspire us to strive towards those things that please Him- and to share about salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord with everyone that we can.
To endeavor to live so that we may someday hear the words- “Well done, good and faithful servant.”