Colossians 3 tells us to set our minds on things above, not on things of the earth. This has been a central theme in Christianity from it’s founding. We are not of this world (John 15:19), therefor our thoughts, words, and actions should reflect that truth. Heaven is our home, Earth is but our mission field. One day our mission trip will be over and God will call us home to receive our eternal reward, the wages for the work we’ve done while we were here on Earth. Whether it be for good or for bad, we will be paid exactly what we’ve earned.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 6:23
We tend to focus our thoughts and hearts towards earthly desires, works, titles, platforms, and achievements. We worry about pleasing ourselves and others but we ought to stop and gather some prospective on who we should really be trying to please, and set our thoughts on Him. Matthew 10:28 tells us that we should not be concerned with pleasing man for the worse they can do is destroy your body, but rather we should be concerned about pleasing God who can destroy our body and our soul in Hell. This is a harsh reminder of the reality of what we will all face one day, judgment. Don’t let the devil lie to you for one second and think that you can hide anything from God, not one action, word, or thought goes unseen by Him. He has sent us to this mission field with a selfless calling, mandate, and purpose. Know that no matter how well you think you hide it, God is taking account of every single thing we do while on this mission, and what you’ve done in secret, you will have to face openly before Him, the angels, and all mankind at the Great White Thrown Judgment.
“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” – Revelation 20:12
The reality that we all need to grasp is that to be absent from the body is to be present with The Lord. We never know when that moment will come, how sudden, or how soon. If you suddenly found yourself absent from the body and present before the Lord today, would you be able to face Him? Would you run to Him with joy or would you hide your face in shame? When He raises His all knowing hand to give you you’re reward and judgement, what wage will He pay you. One thing is for sure, it will be the one you’ve earned.
“Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. 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.” – 2 Corinthians 5:9-10