II CORINTHIANS 5:9-10: “Whether we live in the body or move out of it, our goal is to be pleasing to him. All of us must appear in front of Christ’s judgment seat. Then all people will receive what they deserve for the good or evil they have done while living in their bodies.” (GW)
OBSERVATION: What is your goal in life? Is it to be successful? Is it to achieve a certain level of personal achievement? Is it to live a comfortable life? Is it to work at your dream job? Is it to raise a family? All of these are admirable goals, but for the believer in Jesus Christ they must be secondary goals at best. The primary goal for a disciple of Jesus Christ is to be pleasing to Him!
Do you remember Jesus’ parable of the talents. There were three servants who were given a different amount of money. One was given the equivalent of 10,000 dollars (5 talents), the other 2,ooo dollars (2 talents), and the last servant 1,000 dollars (1 talent). Each was asked to do one specific thing – invest what they had been given. When their master returned, each servant was not compared to the other, but only judged on what they had done with what they were given. Two had invested their talents (money) wisely, and were commended by their master. The servant with one talent did nothing with it. He did not even put it in a bank. He simply did what he wanted, ignoring what the master wanted.
All of us have the same choice in life. We often miss God’s purpose and will for our lives because we begin to focus on what we do not have, rather than what we do have. God is not asking us to become something, or to do something, that we are not gifted or called to do or become. What the Lord is desiring each one of us to do is to use the gifts and talents in our lives as He directs us, to produce an increase in our life that is pleasing to Him. Listen to these words from Proverbs.
- “The plans of the heart belong to humans, but an answer on the tongue comes from the LORD. A person thinks all his ways are pure, but the LORD weighs motives. Entrust your efforts to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.”
- “A person may plan his own journey, but the LORD directs his steps.”
- “The highway of decent people turns away from evil. Whoever watches his way preserves his own life.”
- “Whoever gives attention to the LORD’s word prospers, and blessed is the person who trusts the LORD.”
- “The dice are thrown, but the LORD determines every outcome.” (Proverbs 16:1-3, 9, 17, 20, 33 GW)
How long has it been since you have taken some time to prayerfully and honestly take an inventory of your life? Are you traveling on the highway of righteousness? Are you submitting all of your plans and desires to the Lord and seeking His direction, His confirmation? Are you looking daily to His Word to find discernment and to allow the Lord to search the motives and intents of your heart? If we want to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord – then we need to answer YES to all of these questions.
There will be a judgment for Christians. It will not be a judgment to determine their salvation. Their sins have been forever removed by the Blood of Jesus Christ! However, you and I will face a judgment, or an accounting of how we lived our life in this body. It will be a reckoning of the gifts and talents we have received from the Lord. Did we simply do what we wanted, or did we seek His will and direction in all things? Did we build with gold, silver, and precious stones, or did we build with wood, hay, and stubble? Will we enter into the reward of our inheritance, or will we be ushered in “as through fire”? (See I Corinthians 3:9-15). It is not too late to correct our course! The Spirit is calling and the Lord is waiting to direct our paths!
Lord, search me this morning. I lay all that I am, all that I have, and all that I desire on the altar. Direct my steps and help me to walk and live my life in a way that is pleasing to You. If there is any way that I have swerved from my calling, if there are any gifts and talents that I have failed to employ for Your Kingdom, grant me the grace to repent and take up my cross and fully follow You! My hearts desire is to one day hear the blessed words…
- “…Good job! You’re a good and faithful servant! You proved that you could be trusted with a small amount. I will put you in charge of a large amount. Come and share your master’s happiness.” (Matthew 25:21 GW)
In Jesus Name!