How does a new year affect you? Are you one of “those” revving your engine ready to speed down the thoroughfare? Or, maybe you are one of “those” still looking for the keys.
However you steer into a New Year,
it’s certain that nothing is certain. You can’t always plan for what’s around the corner. All the unknown can cause you to become a nervous driver, and at the very least a timid one. Except, when you have trusted in the Savior surrendering to Him Who created you for this journey, your trunk is automatically loaded with automotive tools powered by the Holy Spirit that never leave you stranded. You don’t have to steer in a state of panic. Reach in that trunk and find those tools marked: trust, faith, and peace.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5, [NASB]).
“Therefore, being always of good courage, . . . for we walk by faith, not by sight— we are of good courage,” (2 Corinthians 5:6-8a).
“Those who love thy law have great peace, and nothing causes them to stumble (fear)” (Psalm 119:165).
I fall prey to fear more times than I would like to admit! Clenching the steering-mechanism swerving out of control with panic-mode preventing acceleration, I go nowhere. I am learning in those particular instances to immediately begin a serious overhaul. I don’t want to meet the engine maker (my Lord and Savior) without having added to my trunk tools that increase my automotive value.
The end of last year . . .
in our Sunday School class at church, my husband was teaching on the Bema Seat, also known as the Judgement Seat of Christ. I have heard this teaching before but apparently the Lord wanted me to hear it again and be moved by it for a change. At 57 years of age, I finally was struck by the poignant message that has played over and over in my mind since that time.
If we belong to Christ, we have a job to do, and the success of our journey is vitally important to the glory of our eternity. Eternity will not be a short jaunt. It’s where we will serve and play and sing and eat and explore and enjoy forever. So, the job we do now is important because we will ALL (individually) give an account for it at the judgement seat of Christ for “what we have done” (2 Corinthians 5:9-10, [NLT]), both the good & bad “for we must ALL STAND before Christ” (v. 10). Accurately, “we will each receive whatever we deserve” (v. 10), so “we work HARD” (v. 11) “because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord.”
“We make it our Goal” (v. 9)! Our goal is to please the Lord! Like the Apostle Paul, this is our single ambition: to please Him!
I will STAND before Christ! The ONE Who paid my price to get into heaven, to have eternal life, life unending, free of pain and sorrow, to see Him face to face, the One Who suffered on the tree but even more experienced hell so I wouldn’t have to; He is the One Who will review what I did for HIM!
“Lord, help me not waste another minute on me! Lord, I want my life to be an offering to you! So when I stand before you I can smile knowing it was a pleasing aroma I emitted, and not fumes from a smoking engine!”