The following words were found written on a tombstone:
Remember me as you pass by,
As you are now, so once was I,
As I am now, so you will be,
Prepare yourself to follow me.
Someone passed by and upon reading these words, added two lines:
To follow you - I’m not content,
Until I know which way you went.
It is certainly true that all men share a common destination. “It is appointed unto men once to die and then the judgement.” (Hebrews 9:27). The life that we live upon earth is described as a “vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). The comment refers to the brevity of life and certainly implies the urgent need to live in such a way that is pleasing to our creator.
The Bible says that God will “render to every man according to his deeds” (Romans 2:6-11), to those that do evil “tribulation and distress” and those do good “glory and honor” and the Bible says this applies to “every soul of man” for “there is no partiality with God.” We are responsible for ourselves as the above scriptures indicate and are accountable to our God for our actions.
A country or a person that does what is right in their own eyes will perish (Jeremiah 10:23). We have a great need to return to love of God and His values, as well as love and commitment to family if we desire an exalted position as a nation (Proverbs 14:34). When God’s word on moral values is set aside to satisfy our own selfish desires, and when vows taken before God in the marriage covenant are easily broken, we are weakening the very foundations of our society.
No doubt among the surprises on judgement day will be the surprise that there is a judgement at all. We should through Godly sorrow be moved to repentance and seek God’s favor once again in our lives before the day comes when we stand before His holy throne.
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