Updated: Jan 9
It all sounds so attractive...doing what you want, when you want, with no earthly fear that anyone will care. You have all the friends you think you need, without a care in the world, and you fully believe you have nobody to answer to; nobody standing in the way of your freedom...
...the triumphing of the wicked is short,
and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?
The truth is, we all have someone to answer to at some time or another, but we never know when that day will come. Consequently, most go on with their own lifestyles full of what appears to be a mask of joy and happiness, thinking they have all they could possibly ask for, and many falsely believing the best is yet to come.
Sooner or later, whether by death and separation from God, or by God’s mighty hand of justice, every one who has ever walked the earth will face God’s judgement; the One these believe they will never answer to, will indeed be held accountable. In short, all the fun they thought they were having will come to a disturbing halt.
And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity;
and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
What is so frightening about their careless and carefree lifestyle is the simple idea that, despite warnings from saved loved ones or even their own pastors, they truly believe they have absolutely nothing to worry about!
For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
I recently spoke to a young man whose mother is very sick. In my exhaustive efforts to lead this man to Christ, he came to me when he received some bad news of his mother’s deteriorating health. I asked him if it would be alright if I prayed with him; rejecting me, he stated, “I never pray, I simply believe all will turn out okay, and I never worry about the future.”
There is something especially hopeless about carelessness of the future; anyone who responds like this young man shows not only a reckless sense of their earthly future, but worse, a reckless sense of their personal eternity.
While God is not willing we should live in constant worry of our daily needs and heart’s desire, God also expects us to live mindfully of eternity with Him. Careless and sinful lifestyles on earth lead to spiritual death in eternity. Jesus warned His disciples to be ready at all times for the return of the Lord. Since no living being, save God our Father knows just when He will rapture His church, we must live as if it will happen at any moment.
Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Whether by death, or Rapture of the Church, we will all answer to God one day, not only for our deeds, but also how we lived a life either pleasing or in pleasing to Him. Take a moment to ask yourself the following question: if you knew for sure today was your last day on earth, would you live differently than you would not knowing when your earthly life will be complete? If you answered yes, think of what you need to change now, so you can be sincerely sure you are ready to meet the Lord at any moment.