After Death…… The Judgment

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By Pearl Harper

   Did you ever think about what could be the most important thing you could think about? Sounds like a riddle, but it isn’t. It is you and I asking the question, “how will it be for me when I face judgment?”

It is something we will all face someday.

Some may not believe it, but I do. What if I am right? Romans 14:11, “For it is written, as I live sayeth, the Lord every knee shall confess to God.” Hebrews 9:27, “and as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”

You see the price has been paid, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

What will we have to say if we neglect this opportunity? “For what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man five in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:26

So many all through the ages and even now have worked to have riches and financial gain. The 10 Commandments are very plain as to how we should live our life, Jesus changed none of them. However he did add one, “Love your neighbor as yourself” Mark 12:31. Honoring this will keep us on track.

How can we gain the whole world and lose our soul? One way to lose our soul is to constantly seek after earthly pleasures. Jesus speaks of the sea of the work being choked by life’s, worries, riches and pleasures. (Luke 8:14)

II Timothy 3:1-4 says “in the last days people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God.”

Hebrews 11:25 reminds is there is pleasure in sin for a season. I believe God has entrusted many with riches so they can help provide for others in need. Evidently there are many who cannot handle riches; the scriptures provide many illustrations of this. One that is very vivid is Luke 12:16-21, the parable of the rich fool, “a certain rich man produced so many good crops that he tore down his barns and built bigger barns, and he said to himself, you have many things laid up for many years. Take life easy, eat, drink and be merry.”

But God said to him, “you fool, this very night your life will be demanded from you then who will get what you have prepared for yourself.”

This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God. Another is about a rich man and Lazarus. The rich man dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. When the beggar died the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man died and in hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus at his side. Read all of the story (Luke 16:19-31). There was no going back and doing things over for either one of the rich men. They made their choice to how they live their life, after that the judgment. Our decisions are important.

God Bless