Were you aware that in the United States over eighty percent of the people cannot come up with five hundred dollars today, while at the same time carry a debt load of almost twenty thousand dollars, not including their house? They live, as it were, the same as the poor, for indeed they are poor, paycheck to paycheck, striving to pay for what they would not be patient for.
Many, if not most of these, will not be able to pay the piper when he comes to call, but the worst part is that they do not care, it does not bother them to be in bondage, to dishonor the Word of the Lord in Proverbs 22:7, “The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” The moments when life is good is all that matters to them, and life, or at least the semblance of it, must always remain good. Here is what matters to them, a foreseeable future, one that has little trials or tribulations, one where they get to keep their stuff.
The sad part is, many of these call themselves Christians, but the inverse is true also, there are those who live in poverty the entirety of their lives, barely managing to get by, many by their own fault. They will not use initiative, they will not search for more, they will not walk, if that is what it takes, to the next city, the next country, struggling and striving for what they desire. “For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matt. 22:14) Most of these, rich or poor, striving or slothful, will die in their sins, all they had, little or much, given to someone who will come after them. (Eccl. 2:21) and they will all be forgotten. (Eccl. 9:5)
On either side of that coin, one can hear something that is similar to both, if the correct questions are asked, excuses, and they run the entire gamut of what can be imagined, when that point of the conversation is reached, when you have brought them to the truth, that the position they are in is of their own making, they will hate you, they will hate you because you have pointed out to them that the life they live is the one they have chosen.
Here is free will, here is why the Scriptures say we are gods, (Psalm 82:6) because we have free will to decide the direction of our lives, so much so, so incredible is this power, that it is even possible to quench the Spirit of the Most High God. (1 Thess. 5:19) The account that you will give to God will be the truth, as they used to say in courtrooms in days of old, the truth and nothing but the truth, and what you must ask yourself today, if you are indeed one of these individuals, when the Lord Jesus points out these areas of your life, when all the excuses are expended, and there is nothing left but the truth of yourself, will you hate Him for showing you who you were.
This is of course only applicable to those who truly are saved, yet live this life of excuses, and if you have been following along here, you understand that we are speaking about much more that your monetary position in the world. Your attitude towards others, the way you portray yourself to your fellow man, all of the actions of life that make up who you are, every part of you realizes truth, the question is, are you who you claim to be, or are you only an illusion of what you want others to see, what you portray about the “truth” in yourself.
The lost can yell and scream, cry, beg, plead all they want, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Heb. 9:27) They will be cast into the Lake of Fire, of eternal hopelessness, but you, if you are saved by His grace, are a different story. We all want that old man (Eph. 4:22) inside of us dead and gone, and he will be, when we are glorified, but here then is the true question, how much of him are you trying to kill today, how little or much of him will be left when you stand before our Maker? That is free will, and it is a determining choice that is left entirely up to you. As I have said so many times before, now, what are you going to do about it?