Promise or Threat…

Posted: February 16, 2012 in Wandering Thoughts

A few days a go one who is close to me sent me this passage. i doubt that he would have anticipated how relevant his verse would be just a few days later. i received an email earlier and it brought this verse to mind immediately as i read the words within the email.

All of this came from a discussion about the green pastures we use for our Onething Life gatherings on Fridays. Since we are using a diversified group of pastors, and speakers we were discussing about their motives and so he sent me these verses first and followed up with the one i want to focus on today.

Philippians 1:15-18 NCV – It is true that some preach about Christ because they are jealous and ambitious, but others preach about Christ because they want to help. They preach because they have love, and they know that God gave me the work of defending the Good News. But the others preach about Christ for selfish and wrong reasons, wanting to make trouble for me in prison. But it doesn’t matter. The important thing is that in every way, whether for right or wrong reasons, they are preaching about Christ. So I am happy, and I will continue to be happy.

Now for the focus of my post today.

2 Corinthians 5:9-10 NCV – Our only goal is to please God whether we live here or there, because we must all stand before Christ to be judged. Each of us will receive what we should get—good or bad—for the things we did in the earthly body.

i am sitting here thinking that i am going to disappoint someone in the decisions i will make over the next few days. The words of the verse are applicable to today. my only goal is to please God.(big period) Whether i or Onething lives “here” or “there”, my only goal is to please God. (again big period) The truth is i will stand before God to be judged, not for just these decisions i am about to make but all decisions from the past, present and future.

Each of us will receive what we should get—good or bad—for the things we did in the earthly body. i will receive what i should get—good or bad—for the things i did in the earthly body. That’s a promise, not a threat, and it’s a promise that i welcome.

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