All You Have To Do is, Act Casually?

“A Wealth of Pigeons,” a cartoon collection by Harry Bliss and Steve Martin

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 4:13–14, NIV 1984).

For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written: “ ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.’ ” So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. (Romans 14:10–12, NIV 1984). 

My Musings – Yes, for as little as every “idle word” (Matthew 12:36). Acting casual or aloof will not cut it. We cannot hide it, cover it up or pretend that it was no big deal. While our sins are forgiven and not held against us, we must still give an account for “things done while in the body” (2 Corinthians 5:10).

My Advice – How much of an account will you have to give? When you stand before Him, will it all seem worthwhile? I am reminded of Peter’s denial of Christ. As he was speaking, the rooster crowed. The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly. (Luke 22:60–62, NIV 1984).

We will not suffer the wrath of God, with its “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” But we will have to stand before Him. As we give account He will look straight at us. I wonder if that gaze of disappointment will make us want to weep bitterly?