Jesus said to his disciples: “The kingdom of heaven is like a net cast into the sea, which gathers all kinds of fish. When it is full, they pull it to the shore and sit down to collect what is good in a bucket. What is bad is thrown away. So it will be at the end of the age. Angels will come out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into a fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Do you understand all these things?’ They answered, “Yes.” And he answered: “Then every scribe, trained in the Kingdom of Heaven, is like the head of a family, who brings out of his pantry both new and old.” Having finished these parables, Jesus left there. (Matthew 13:47-53)
The above gospel is a reminder to all of us of the coming judgment day. No one knows when that day will come, but it will surely come whether we are prepared or not.
On that day, each of us will face our Maker to await His judgment. No one will escape or be excused, except perhaps those whose freedom of choice has been impaired by disability, mental or otherwise.
When will it end? Of course, we do not know this – fortunately! But one thing we do know is that our own end will come in a relatively short time, even if we live to be 100 years old. And when this happens, it will be clear to God, if not to others, whether we leave this world in the Kingdom or out of it, that is, whether we are with God or against Him.
How can we make sure we are in the right place? The best guarantee is to sign up for the Kingdom today and every day, so that with Christ’s help we can live as He has shown us. If we do this day by day, the future will take care of itself and there is no need to worry.
Jesus reminds us that while there is still time, we must seek and practice righteousness. What is “righteousness” in the biblical sense?
To be righteous literally means to be right, especially morally. Religious people often talk about righteousness. According to them, a righteous person not only does the right thing for other people, but also follows the path of Jesus Christ.
A dear person once told me that “a lot of what you write and preach is always the same thing. . . it is always important to live a life that reflects Christ.” I replied, “But of course it is. Our lives are not measured by metrics or worldly achievements. Instead, it is measured by how closely we have lived according to the teachings of Christ. Therefore, I try to offer my believers and readers an understanding of how this life can be a mirror of the words of Christ.
It may be difficult for us to “seek first the kingdom of God and His truth” because of the negative responses of some people, but we must remember that the freedom we have on earth is limited and temporary, whereas the peace and joy we will have enjoy the Kingdom of God forever. This is why investing in the Kingdom is priceless and the wait is worth the wait.
We need to be especially careful that we do not become so convinced of our own rightness that we call out the wickedness of those who disagree with us. Unfortunately, in the Christian church, in our country, and in our families, we often hear a false sense of being “on the right side” of theology, politics, or family conflict being preached. These parables clearly tell us that evil and righteousness will continue to battle in our Church, our communities, our families, and our souls. With the exception of Jesus himself, there has never been a person who was completely righteous and without sin. One of the devil’s favorite tricks is to get us to focus on the speck in our brother’s eye while ignoring the plank in ours. Instead of lamenting the state of the world, we should turn to God, asking for the grace to pursue our own holiness and eradicate our own sin.
I want to repeat that. . . “We turn to God, asking for grace to strive for our own holiness and eradicate our own sin. “
Prayer of the day
“Lord, give me patience and love when I meet those who think, speak and act differently than I do. Teach me to see every person I meet as you see them through the eyes of love and desire for good. Protect my heart, my mind and my soul and fill me with love for good and hatred for sin. Do not let me judge others, and when I am tempted to judge, gently remind me of my need for forgiveness.”
“God does not want anyone to be excluded or condemned; he wants everyone to have life and life in abundance. Each of us excludes ourselves by not living His word.”
I have been serving for 43 years. Every day is a day of bliss when I discover a new meaning of God’s word. I am sharing them with you and hope you find them useful. I am nothing more than a servant of His word.
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