2 Co 5:10
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. KJV
Following up on the previous passage, this one speaks plainly to our own life as believers–not the work of ministers (see previous entry).
We will surely be judged for the deeds done in the body, therefore we should pay attention to what it is that we do. It is not enough to just go blythely or blindly through our days jwithout an awareness of what we are doing. Yet this is exactly the case with so many in our day. Conscious living, intentional living, is not on most people’s radar. Habit guides their almost every move. The routine of life can easily snuff out a constant awareness of contact and communion with the Father.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. KJV
Notice that this verse says all. ALL your ways. Everything you do. I don’t believe anything is excluded from “ALL.”
If you would like for your life to run a little smoother, try putting this into practice on a daily basis. First, tell the Lord that this is your desire, a place you want to change or improve in. Then, begin with your morning prayer and commit your day to the Lord. Then, each time you become aware of a shift in your daily activity, take a moment to acknowledge the Lord and ask for His guidance. (Then, send us the testimonies of how this is affecting yoru life.)
One of the first things you will notice as you begin this discipline is the number of times you are able to overcome a common temptation in your life. You will also notice how much more smoothly your days will go.
As this begins to take shape in your life, the idea of standing before the Lord for judgment of your deeds becomes exciting to contemplate. You will find that you are more and more walking closer with the Master, and ‘bad’ just doesn’t show up as often as it once did. You will then be able to distinguish between the good and the not so good, rather than just between god and bad.
Notice that this verse uses the word ‘bad’ instead of ‘evil’. The KJV makes this distinction, whereas some others do not. Bad is a much better choice for the word in this passage. Most of us have gone beyond deeds that would be considered evil. But, we may still be dealing with those that are bad. Bad for us, as too much sugar is bad for us; but sugar is not evil.
I believe this is the main reason that older Christians find themselves in a coasting position with the Lord. The blatantly evil things have been done away with in their lives, but they fail to see that the Lord wants it all. He will deal with every vestige of the flesh if we but give Him the opportunity.
It makes for an exciting life.