Church of Christ - 106 SW Murray Rd. Lee's Summit, MO 64081
A DIVINE THUMBS UP!
Galatians 6:1 1 Brethren, if a man is
overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit
of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.
Jude 1:22-23 22 And on some have compassion, making a distinction; 23 but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.
As I am making my way across Southern AZ and on to New Mexico this weekend, my mind keeps going back to these 2 verses and their implications at the Great Judgment at the end of time as we know it. Now, to be sure, I cannot say exactly how things will transpire as we will all stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ. However, I wonder if something like the following scene may happen--
Imagine a soul standing before the Lord. Perhaps it is a life that had a severe struggle with some particular temptation and sin. It may have been a temptation that many of us cannot understand, for we are all certainly tempted as a result of our own particular weaknesses. But as this soul traversed through life they were struggling to combat their particular weakness.
This soul “happened” to come across a group of individuals who also were struggling with temptation. However, with these individuals this one particular soul noted a difference among them. They were people who had found an answer to their temptations, and this answer was in Jesus Christ and Him crucified, and he discovered they were members of the body of Christ! This soul was attracted to the answer they had found!
Perhaps through much patience and longsuffering this soul submitted to the Lord through Christ’s gospel and was made new and was made a part of this group of christians! All through his life he was constantly at war with his flesh and its weaknesses. However, in the end, this soul was faithful to the Lord and was now facing His Creator with His Mediator at his side, thanks in large part, to the patience and love of those faithful brethren who helped him to love and good works.
As the Lord welcomed him home, perhaps the Lord looked over to his fellow christians who had helped this soul overcome his flesh. He may give them a Divine Thumbs up for a job well done!
May we, as the Lord’s people, be such a light and a help to those lost in this world who may be seeking an answer to their own particular sin. I am confident, however the Judgment will transpire, the Lord will certainly be pleased with how we have helped others find the Lord’s answer to their sin as well as our own.
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