When I was growing up, my mom used to take me and my sister to Wal-Mart to get us out of the house. For some reason, my sister and I loved Wal-Mart when we were kids. After my mom got us loaded up into the car she’d turn around, looking at us, and say, “Now girls, if you are good you can get ONE toy but if you’re bad, you won’t get anything and we’ll leave the store. Got it?”
There were times when my sister and I were on our best behavior and we’d be rewarded with a toy. But there were other times when we would act out, not listening to our mom, which would cause us to the leave the store empty handed. We knew the consequences before going into the store, so if we were bad that day, we had to deal with the consequences of our actions.
In the scriptures we will read today, we see that God works the same way as a parent does when it comes to disciplining their children. When we do wrong, there is always a consequence we have to face. When we do good, oftentimes, we are rewarded in some way, whether that reward is something we receive as a gift or maybe just a “Thank you” from someone that you were able to bless in some way.
Our choices and our actions have consequences and they can either be good or bad, but the choice is ultimately up to us.
Romans 2:5-6 says, “But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;” “Who will render to every man according to his deeds:”
Just like my mom, when my sister and I were kids, God too will cast his judgement on us for our deeds one day. We know that the God we serve is a fair and just God, so we know that whatever judgement He cast upon us will be fairly given. If we want God’s judgment to reward us with eternal life one day, then it is up to us while we’re here on earth to live a life that is pleasing to God.
If we want eternal life in paradise, we have to live up to those heavenly standards now.
Romans 2:7-11 says, “To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:” “But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,” “Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;” “But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:” “For there is no respect of persons with God.”
With God, there is no favoritism or special treatment. God treats each of us fairly. Because God is so fair, he didn’t just create a Heaven, but he also created a place called Hell. I know many times, when Hell is spoken about many consider it to be a scare tactic to win people to the Lord, but that is not what I am doing today. It is important to know the consequences of our actions, so that we learn just how important it is to accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.
Hell isn’t just for bad people who commit sins such as murder, but it is also a place for good people who never accepted Jesus as their Savior. Hell is for anyone who doesn’t repent of their sins and accept Jesus as their Savior. It is for the nurse, the teacher, and the volunteer who never lived a life for Christ.
Hell has no respect of persons.
Because God is just, there will be a judgment day where everyone on earth will be judged for how they lived their lives. He will not reward a good person who has given so much to the poor and advocates against child abuse but has never repented of their sins with an eternity in heaven. It takes having a personal relationship with Christ and accepting Christ as your Savior to make it into Heaven.
To make Heaven our home one day, we have to live up to God’s standards everyday of our lives. We have to commune with God in prayer and read His word daily. We have to be building on our relationships with Him. There needs to be an open line of communication with God if we want to stay in His holiness.
Knowing who the Lord is won’t get you into Heaven but living for Him will.
DIY: DO IT YOURSELF
- Take some time today to examine your hearts and see if there be any hidden sins there.
- Read Romans 2:5-11 and verse map or bible SOAP the scriptures that stick out to you the most.
- Why do you think the God of love is also a God of judgment? Does that take away from His loving kindness?
- Why did God allow for there to be a Hell?
- Why does it take more than good deeds to get you into Heaven? Do you believe that to be fair or unfair? Why?