180. Whoops!

“There are a lot of people,” Stan began, “who are going to say ‘whoops’ when they get to the end of their time here.”

“What do you mean by that?” I asked.

“For those who have not accepted Christ’s finished work on the cross,” he continued, “they will say ‘whoops, I failed to make the right decision.’”

“They,” Stan continued, “will be getting on a train headed in the wrong direction.”

“And,” he said, “for those who will be getting on the train to Glory, but have not been who or what God intended on this side of eternity, they are likely to say ‘whoops, I forgot the part about standing before the judgment seat of Christ.’”

“Oh,” I said, “the part about giving an account of what they have done.”

“Bingo!” Stan replied.  “And the accounting is of the good and of the bad.”

“As for me,” Stan said, “my focus on this side of eternity is such that I want to be able to look forward to standing before Christ, rather than dreading the fact I will do so.”

“I want to be able to look forward to hearing His ‘well done!’”

“I do not want to look forward with dread to hearing His ‘That’s it?  That’s what you did with all I provided for you?’”

Concluding, Stan said, “I don’t want to have to say ‘Whoops.’”

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Therefore also we have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.  2 Corinthians 5:9, 10.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for your assurance because I have accepted the finished work of Christ Jesus that I will be heading in the right direction when my time here is finished.  And thank you for the truth that I will stand before the judgment seat of Christ to give an accounting of what I have done on this side of eternity.  I need and I ask for all of your help in who I am and what I do on this side of eternity so I can look forward to, rather than dread, that judgment.  Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

One thought on “180. Whoops!”

  1. Another great one Tim.

    Keep them coming and thanks.

    In our discipleship research we are try to answer these questions right now.

    I’d love your input and wisdom?

    Why us Disciplemaking (DM) not happening to the degree I’m sure we would all like particularly in North America and the West? What would be the best thing to do to see DM accelerate? Who is modeling DM the best in the English Speaking World and why? Who provides the best training and services to do this is the established churches and new church plants? What is the landscape of existing programs categorized on various spectrums (for example, one graph could be building disciplines on the vertical axis (i.e. education component) and relational on the horizontal axis). Other factors to be assessed for each program include: fruit, momentum, amount of effort, etc. What are the pros and cons from those using the program (What do they like about it? What are the challenges?).

    How’s the trip going?

    Hi to Kay.

    ron

    Dr. Ron Jenson 619-806-3177 (cell) ronjenson@me.com Personal Website Personal LinkedIn Profile

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