Ecclesiastes 3:17 (ESV)
17 I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time for every matter and for every work.
It’s nice to think that when we stand before God we will be considered “good enough”. Certainly better than other people because we’re not as bad as them. Thus, we conclude (wrongly) that we will escape God’s judgement (Matthew 1:24) and His wrath (Romans 1:18).
However, further on in the Book of Ecclesiastes the writer explains that ‘… there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.’ (7:20) The Apostle Paul also makes this abundantly clear (see Romans 3:9-20).
Jesus Himself foretold of a day when He will come and ‘[separate] the sheep from the goats’. (Matthew 25:32)
All will be judged! (Acts 17:21) It is naive to think otherwise.
Yet it is not the result of anything we do. Quite the contrary, it’s entirely the work of Jesus: His death; His blood; His resurrection.
Only those who are God’s sheep, following Jesus the Shepherd (John 10:11, 14, 16), will be found justified (Romans 3:24)
Let me repeat that: ‘… no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight’ through their own works. (Romans 3:20)
Only by faith (Romans 3:28), through the shedding of ‘the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect’ (1 Peter 1:19) will we be found innocent.
It’s pretty black & white.
Where will you stand on judgement day?
prayer : thank you that you are a God of justice and mercy
action : confess my sinfulness daily, thankful that Jesus, my Saviour, has paid the price of my rebellion against God