For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. (2 Corinthians 5:9–10, NIV 1984).
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:12–13, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Deny it (it wasn’t me). Excuse it (it’s not my fault). Share it (everybody’s doing it). Shift it (they made me do it). Spin it (it was for a good reason). Minimize it (nobody was really hurt). Plead ignorance (I didn’t know)? Claim it was a mistake (I really didn’t mean too). Anything but own up to it (it was wrong, it was my fault, I am sorry, please forgive me). And “it” may not necessarily be some action or inaction, it could be just “thoughts and attitudes of the heart” that no one else knows about. But He does.
Recognize yourself in any of these? Pretty
amazing unbelievable if you don’t. Yeah, we’ve all been there more often than we care to admit. Maybe even got away with “it” on occasion. At least we thought we did. Because “nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.” Everything we thought we got away with will be “uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” None of the above will work.
My Advice – Only one thing will work — Jesus paid “what is due.” The question is, will you be able to make this claim? You will if you’ve been born again. If you have not, you will “receive what is due [you] for the things done while in the body.” When you appear before Him, it will be too late. So, “own up to it ” today.
Not sure how to be born again (own up to it)? Read my musings under the section “The Born Again Experience.”