So now let's talk about the question posed in the title......"What will you be doing if Jesus paid you an unexpected visit?" Take just a moment to think about that before reading on. Think about your days....think about your actions towards others and in some cases, even unto yourself. Think about addictions, crimes, promiscuity, lies, cheating, stealing and just doing something you know you shouldn't be doing! Then, remember as a child, or a youth, doing something you knew wasn't right, something you had been taught that you shouldn't do, just to see if you could get away with it? Remember, then, suddenly being caught once you completed your mischief, smugly thinking you'd succeeded in fooling everyone around you including your parents, and thinking you'd gotten away with it? Remember the shame, the horror, the guilt, the fear and the total gloom and doom you felt having to face your parents, the "ultimate accusers?" Oh, what horror we all have experienced at the actions of our own choices!!! Your mouth goes dry. Your mind goes blank. Your hands sweat. Your eyes dart around the room trying to come up with a huge lie to cover up the wrongs you just got caught doing. Looking back now, it's funny how we THOUGHT we could outsmart those who have walked the same path before us!
|God's Glorious Light|
Hebrews 8:12, He says, "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Heaven marks the beginning of an eternal adventure, but also marks the end of earth’s window of opportunity. One moment after we die, we will know exactly how we should have lived. But, sadly, there will be no more second chances. As there will also be no more opportunities for the unbelievers to go back to earth and live his/her lives again and this time to put faith in Christ, so too there will be no opportunity for the believer to go back and relive his life, this time for Christ. This judgement for the unbelievers will be for their eternal SOULS and resting place in Hell! This is not the wish of our Father God! He does not desire you to spend eternity in Hell because He created you to be with Him for eternity! Everyone has a choice and I pray that if you are reading this, that your choice is to be with Him for all of eternity!
As I was preparing for this entry, I began to go over my life. I started to cringe at some of the moments in my life and imagining Jesus showing up! There are plenty of times in my life that I would have been in total shame and disgust at myself in His presence! I have learned from those choices and mistakes, and haven't repeated them. But just to imagine being in the middle of just ONE of those horrendous choices when Jesus came to visit me makes me CRINGE. The good thing though is through this one exercise of imagination, it will surely change me for the better. We are all a work in progress and we ALL can learn and grow closer to the Lord. This one exercise will help me focus on knowing, and reminding me of knowing, that He is ALWAYS there beside me, watching me and listening to me and I don't have to see Him standing there! He's in my heart and He left the Holy Spirit for me! How much more of a reminder do I really need? Without God, nothing is possible! But with Him, EVERYTHING is possible! Praise the Lord!
Just imagining that question should be enough to help us think twice before giving into a temptation, an evil act or a sin. Since we are visual creatures, we tend to forget that God is watching us every moment anyway, irregardless of if we see Him or not. I find it easier to grasp the severity of our actions when I visually imagine Jesus showing up and standing beside me. It puts EVERYTHING I do into the perspective of Christ!