A ninth-grade teacher had to issue an F grade to one student.
“How come?” the boy asked as though he was caught totally by surprise.
The teacher explained, “You didn’t pass a single test. You didn’t turn in one homework assignment. And you wouldn’t participate in any classroom work.”
The boy stood there in silence for a moment and then exclaimed, “And you mean you flunked me for that?”
That is the attitude of many in the world toward God’s judgment. People live without any regard for God’s law. They live without any attempt at moral or holy living. They live totally for what makes themselves happy. And then when they stand before God in judgment someday, they will say, “You mean you condemn me for that?”
King Solomon wrote (in Ecclesiastes 3:17) “I say to myself, ‘God will judge both the righteous man and the wicked man,’ for a time for every matter and for every deed is there.”
Man may scoff at the whole idea of judgment. He may say, “I’ll take my chances.” Or he may say, “I hope my good will outweigh the bad.” Or he may deny the existence of God all together — and by doing that, man eliminates the idea of a future accountability for his life.
People of faith believe that the Bible is very clear about a coming judgment. And they understand that the death of Jesus Christ on the cross happened so the penalty for our sin would be paid.
No one will be able to stand before God and say, “I didn’t think there would be a test!” No one will be able to stand before the judgment and say, “I didn’t realize you were keeping score.”
Do you really have to touch an electric fence to know that the shock will be shocking? Listen to what the writer of Hebrews said, “… every transgression and every disobedience received a just penalty. How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” Jesus Christ is the only answer for a coming judgment. Be prepared. Ask Christ into your life today.
Pastor Larry Wise
Highland Community Church