Are you prepared to meet God, have you, as best as possible, got at least something that you want to say to Him when you do meet Him? We will not just see Him, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” (Matt. 5:8), but we will give an account to Him, (Romans 14:12) that means a face to face, so to speak, where He will ask you questions, and you will answer them. So, are you ready?
I would like to ask this question more often of those who are in a hurry for the rapture, and perhaps I will start to, for many of them I believe have not spent any real time contemplating this truth. In that verse in Romans 14:12 it does not state that a large group of us will give an account, it says you will, you alone with Him. Those who have not given any real thought to this strike me as individuals who are presuming their place in the kingdom, almost as if they expect the highest seats to be waiting for them, (Luke 14:8) and I think many of them may be thinking incorrectly. It comes from a presumption, not the sin of presumption of the assurance of salvation that the Roman Catholic cult professes, but one of the imagined great works that have been done for the Lord by these individuals that they are expecting rewards for.
I believe that the only “persecution” many of them are facing is the one they see in their television screens. They are showing themselves, in some cases, to not only be the chaff instead of the wheat but are self-deluded in such a way to presume upon their position with the Lord. They are unable to comprehend to any real extent what that encounter of accounting means and are instead overly zealous and intent to be as far away from any possibility of danger here on earth.
These individuals thrive on the “signs” of the end times but can tell you little of not only what they should be doing for the glory of God, but what they have done in the past for His glory. Many of their prayers seem to be either for themselves, “Oh, come back soon Lord!” or are so non-specific as to be virtually useless, “Please save everybody in India” for example. It can be difficult to distinguish exactly who it is they serve, for such self-centered individuals are rather flighty in their belief structure, they are easily led along almost any path. Circumstances, not security in Christ, is the general path though, fear without reason for fear, not in accordance to 1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”
But the fear of things that are nowhere near their own doorstep.
I worry about them, so to speak, for when, and if, true trials and tribulations arrive, will they stand strong in the Lord, or will they begin to falter, will they begin to see that their faith was just imagined. If so, then their salvation is in question, for with all of us times arrive when we doubt the assurance of our salvation, an item that passes with our growth in Christ, but it is rare for a born-again believer to complete lose trust in the Lord. Here is where I believe we can discern between these two classifications of individuals, those who trust no matter the circumstances, and those who, in the dry and thirsty land, begin to doubt that many times proven trust that He has shown.
The mask mandates, the lockdowns, the vaccinations and now the documentation necessary to continue life under what is being termed “the new freedoms” will separate much of the chaff from the wheat, but what will truly be the deciding factor will be when the trials and tribulations, when the sufferings arrive at our doorsteps. Many, I fear to say, will not need to give that account at the time they envision, many will not need to do so for a little more than a thousand years from now.