Today we see thousands of people risking their lives in countless ways. So many of these are likely non-Christians and should they die as a result, they would spend eternity in hell. At the same time, we see most believers playing it very safe and taking few chances at all. In their minds their ticket has been punched, so why should they risk much for Jesus. They’ve got it made!
However, there are two possible flaws in their logic. First, what if they have deceived themselves and are not genuine believers? That certainly won’t end well, now will it? But then, what if they are Christians and will go to heaven when they die; then what? Scripture tells us that there will be an accounting. All that have placed their trust in the Lord will stand before Christ at the Judgement Seat. There, we will give an account to the King of Kings for those things we have done in this life, both good and bad since we became Christians.
” …for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” (Romans 14:10-12)
Eileen Guder once wrote, “You can live on bland food so as to avoid an ulcer; drink no tea or coffee or other stimulants, in the name of health; go to bed early and stay away from night life; avoid all controversial subjects so as never to give offense; mind your own business and avoid involvement in other people’s problems; spend money only on necessities and save all you can. But you can still break your neck in the bathtub, and it will serve you right.”
I never have met Eileen, but I think she and I would get along just fine. I will leave you with a few verses for your consideration:
“Whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it,” (Matthew 16:25)
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
“The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.” (Proverbs 29:25)
“14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” (James 4:14)
Consider finishing strongly for the One who finished strongly for you and me.