WHAT DOES YOUR LIFE PORTRAY TO THE WORLD?
The apostle Paul, in 2 Cor.3:2, said, “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men.” It is equally true today that by our life we show to the world what we are. This is true because from the heart we speak and act. We might think that we hide our evil and no one knows, but this is not really the case. It soon becomes obvious to the world the kind of person we are. However, it is not so important what the world knows and thinks of us. Our life is an open book to God. He sees even our hidden thoughts, and it is to him that we must give account on that final judgment day. Heaven will be the home of those who have faithfully served him (Matt. 25:34-40), but those who have not will be sent away to everlasting punishment.
On that day, a pretense of righteousness will be to no avail. In this life, the careless ones might even deceive themselves into thinking that all is well with their souls, but when we stand before the Lord on the Day of Judgment, all secrets will be brought to light. All the excuses we used for not serving God will appear just as they are—flimsy excuses. “It was raining, and I could not attend.” Will seem so frivolous then.
We need to realize that we do the things that we want to do. If we really want to serve God, we find a way to do so. However, if there is something else that we had rather do, then we do that, finding a ready excuse. Having our name on the church roll does not assure us of a mansion in heaven. It takes a pure heart, which leads to a pure life in service to God. Human nature is strange. It seems that some people want to follow the poorest example they can find. For example, if one member misses a worship service, some other member reasons, “If he can miss services, so can I.” If one practices something that is questionable, others follow suit. But why not follow the example of the righteous?
If you carried about a TV screen that portrayed your real character, would you be ashamed for the world to see it? Just remember, God does see us just as we are. Our secret thoughts are open to him, and he is our judge. Let us, therefore, be more concerned with inward purity than with outward appearance. Let us be clothed upon with righteousness; unspotted from the world; and let us with the shield of faith take the sword of the Spirit and enter the battlefield against ungodliness. Heaven is worth the sacrifice!