Food for Friday

Therefore is the kingdom of Heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. Matthew 18:23

A friend of mine had a small business in which he performed public relations and writing work for various clients. Because he was well known to the members of a committee of the provincial legislature, he was hired to prepare an in-depth report of the committee’s work over the previous two years. To perform this work, my friend hired a man he know who was a skilled writer, and told him when the report was to be completed. Over the next few weeks, he checked with the writer, to see how the project was proceeding, and each time, the writer assured him that the work was coming along well. As the deadline neared, my friend asked to see the report. He was amazed to learn that the writer had done nothing on the report, but had wasted his time drinking with his friends in a nearby bar. Too late, my friend realized that he should have demanded to see the report much sooner. As our text reminds us, the Lord Jesus will shortly demand that we give an account of the work we are doing for Him.

Unlike my friend, who fired the slothful writer, the Lord Jesus will not dismiss us from His service. He has given each of us work to do, responsibilities to attend to, and He will call us to account some day. The great accounting will be at the Judgment Seat of Christ, when all of our service, or lack of service, will be addressed, and appropriate rewards given (2 Corinthians 5:10). This knowledge should keep us honest and faithful in our daily lives, knowing that the great accounting day is drawing near. We know little of how that accounting will be held, except that it will be fair and open, with a complete and accurate set of books from which we are to be judged. Each Christian will be judged individually and specifically. The repentant thief on the cross will have but a short account to address, while the apostle Paul’s account will be much more extensive. How extensive will your account be? Or mine?

But I believe there are many times during our Christian service when we are called to account. For example, as we function in our Assemblies, the godly members of the Assembly oversight will bring to our attention those things in our lives that are commendable, and those things that ought to be corrected. There should also be a daily consideration of our service as we are presented with the Word of God that is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).

Knowing that we must all give an account to God (Romans 14:12), let us be daily working to make that account as commendable as possible. -Jim MacIntosh

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