“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” – Colossians 3:1-4
This world is not our home, nor is this life our true life, but a preparation for our real life which will not truly begin until Christ return and we be risen with Him! Until then, our life is hidden with Him as He is hidden even now until His appearing in the clouds with glory. Therefor, do not live for this life but for the next. Let your thoughts be for the life to come. Let your decisions be toward building a better life in the one to come. Let your actions, the meditations of your heart, and the words of your mouth be centered around preparation by faith in the one to come.
“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” – Matthew 12:36-37
It is important for the true believer to truly believe! One that truly believes that he will be risen with Christ, judged, and rewarded for the life to come (the real life) according to what he did in this life (the test life) will live everyday, preparing for that day. Every decision will be based on making that day as good a day as possible. Every prayer will be focused, not toward asking for things to make this life better, but in asking for the power to forsake this world and live for the one to come (which is true grace), enabling you to store up treasures in Heaven by your actions here at every opportunity.
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” – Matthew 6:19-21
Yes we are saved by grace (which is the power of God) that is released to us through faith when we believe. However, if we truly believe what he says then we will do what he says. Therefore will our fruits be judged to see if we have done the will of the Father, for those who believe His words will do His will.
“Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 7:19-20
The day of the Lord will come and it will come very unexpectedly. Today is your chance to decide if you will make that day a good day or a bad one. Christ will judge all men on that day according to their words and deeds and will reward them accordingly. This life is but a proving ground of your faith and what it proves about you will be brought to light on that faithful and inevitable day. You say you believe? Do you? Do you really believe in Jesus, in what He said, in His death and His resurrection, in the fact that He is coming back for a pure and spotless bride, in the reality that you will be judged according to your works? Do you really believe and will your life prove it? Will your words have proved it? Will your actions have proved it? Did you really believe? Did you believe His words, all of them? Do you believe His Word, all of it? Do you believe enough to live like you believe, because if you’re daily focus is on building a better life now then you really don’t believe in the one to come. If your daily focus is on building a better life to come at the cost of this one, then you have truly believed. Understand today that only those who give up this life now will receive a better life then, yet those who hold dear this life now will loose the better one to come. Therefor, set your sights on things eternal.
“He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.” – John 12:25-26
“But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God.” – Romans 2:5-11
“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. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.” – Revelation 20:12-13