by Pastor Lee Hemen
March 14, 2008
These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. (1 Corinthians 10:11-14)
I find it almost humorous that many love to quote verse 13 of the above passage of Scripture, yet totally forget or deliberately neglect why Paul wote it in the first place! “These things happened to them,” people in the past, “as examples!” These things are to be “warnings for us” who have placed our faith and trust in Jesus Christ. We love to say, “Jesus loves me this I know,” but we neglect to live like we are the beloved of God. We love to forget that God holds us accountable for the life He has so freely given us. Jesus severely warned us that all “men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:36-37)
Foolish is the believer that thinks just because he has trusted Jesus that his words and actions will not be judged by the Supreme Judge and manager of us all. Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.'” (Luke 16:1-2)
Paul sternly warned that “It is written: ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘very knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.’ So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.” (Romans 14:11-12) Notice that it is “every knee” and “every tongue” and that “each us will give an account” before the Creator of the universe and not just the unbeliever!
Certainly little child of God you may have escaped the final wrath of God, but you will be held accountable for your actions and words while you walked this earth as God’s child. Kind of sobering, isn’t it? You do not get a free pass for not living worthy of the sacrifice Jesus made for you! Paul told the early Christians in Thessalonica, “For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.” (1 Thessalonians 2:11-12) All believers are to live lives worthy of God. Let me encourage you today to live in such a way and like Paul who wrote the following:
“I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 7:35)
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him… .” (Colossians 2:6)
“Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.” (1 Thessalonians 4:1)
The “way out” provided by God when you are tempted not live as you should is your decision to walk with Jesus! Jesus is your way out. Live like it today.
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