“My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” (Psalm 42:2)
I wonder just how many people can say that in all honesty, how many truly want to stand before the Lord? Can you say that you will be found in righteousness, can you say that the words and deeds of your life have been pleasing to the Lord since the moment of your salvation? All of our sins since that day have been forgiven, and if you are a man who emphasizes and offers repentance to the Lord on a daily basis for the sins of that day, as 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” then I do not think that there will be much to speak about on that day of your accounting, at least not in that area.
It is our works that we will be rewarded for, (Romans 2:6) those things in our lives that have eternal value, for the rewards received by those that are given them are eternal rewards. “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17)
Those who are the elderly, those whose bodies are beginning to deteriorate, to wind down to their final day here on earth, those who have served Him well, are prepared for that day, they long to be released from the prison of a body that no longer obeys, from the sin of the world that they have stood so long against, they seek for release, and those for the right reason. They have trained those in the truths of the Word of God who would listen, those who still have the physical strength to go into all the world, (Mark 16:15) to visit the poor and needy, (Deut. 15:11) they have done what was asked of them, and they are prepared to stand before the Almighty and give their account, humbly walking forward in boldness to the throne of grace. (Heb. 4:16)
Not most though, most Christians fear that day, they still seek the pleasures of this life, daily, instead of contemplating that one moment of time, that one moment that may be the most important one that we will ever face.
Many do not put enough thought into their service to Christ, we give Him second place, at best, and usually a much lower station than that, our employment field, the things of this world that we want to accomplish for our own desires, plans made for Christ, to serve the Most High, are nearly always overridden by our own wants, He is not as important as many make Him out to be for them. They are like the one bringing an offering to the alter that is blemished, saving the best for themselves, believing that any offering is better than no offering at all.
It is why I speak so often of the church attendees, those who singular obligation to the Most High consists only of a once-a-week religious offering, whether it be in a cult or an Evangelical church, they believe that something is better than nothing. They are wrong. Are they saved? That is not for me to judge, God alone knows, but if indeed they are His children, their rewards will be few, if any, and I cannot say what heaven is like for those who have no crown, no reward, no treasure to cast back at the feet of Jesus Christ on that day. (Rev. 4:10)
What you have given here for His glory you will receive ten-fold and more in our eternal home, to those who have given little, “For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.” (Matt. 13:12) Many are not who they seem to be.