The Judgment Begins
For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God, and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? —1 Peter 4:17
There are so many things for which I want to be first in line. An epic football game. A once-in-a-lifetime concert. And even that next flight I board. And yet, at the same time, there are things I don't want to be first in line for. One of them is sentencing that I know will not result in a judgment I like.
Yet all men stand in a line on the day that they are born. The line is short for some and longer for others (depending on their life brevity). But those of the household of God stand in this line with confidence and assurance. They know the outcome of the line of judgment. They also know they will be the first to be judged. In doing so, they will await a different outcome than those who do not obey. And it is all activated by Christ's obedience.
So stand in your line with confidence, Christian. You enjoy an unbelievable outcome on the other side of judgment. You will sing and shout the victory one day—when we all get to heaven.
ASK THIS: Are you at the front of the line?
DO THIS: Listen to the gospel and respond today, for the judgment is near.
PRAY THIS: God, thank you for giving me physical and spiritual life. Today I want to be first in line for the coming judgment. I place my life and trust in you.
PLAY THIS: Matt Redman. One Day/When We All Get To Heaven.