Verse for today:
““If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day.” – John 12:47-48 NIV
I grew up in a middle class home with my dad as a chemical engineer and my mom as a social worker. Me and my 3 brother were closish and had our own clan if I can call that. Growing up my dad obviously taught me a lot of things; to work on cars, to work in excel, to have an analytical mind by asking me 20 questions which I miss I must say. But one thing he told me that stuck with me when I was 15 years old changed the course of my thinking and then my life. He said to me if I want to become a train driver (maybe in his mind the lowest of job positions), I dont really have to do anything in my life, but if I want to get somewhere in life; I have to “work my butt off” like Bruce Willis said in the movie “The Kid“. Now I can laugh it off as just another thing my dad said, but I really took it to heart because it was the hard truth. And I can say that I really to this day try to live by it.
This passage really strikes a cord with me in that there is a warning and a promise in this one. We are going to be judged, but by what? Jesus says that He did not come to judge the world when He came back 2000 years ago. He said His words is going to judge me and where do we find Jesus’ words? Obviously in the Bible. So the Bible will be my judge on the final day of judgement. God did us a favour and gave us the answers to the exam before the time.
Will you be ready for the biggest exam of your life that will determine your eternity?
I would say the first step is to find out what God says about salvation and then how to make sure your life fits into His plan for your life.
- Why study the Bible? The Word will judge us
- Decision: Will I live by the Bible or my feelings, traditions, needs, etc.?
Lord, thank you for giving us the answers to your question paper on judgement day. Help me to by your word.