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Is Your Life Like a Decaf Low-Fat Latte?

February 25th, 2013 Posted in sermons

Did you know that Christians will one day be judged?
Don’t panic, this is not a judgment about whether or not we get into heaven. (Fact is, this judgment will actually take place in heaven.) This is about the rewards you will receive.

Luke 14:14 says, “Then at the resurrection of the godly, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you” (NLT). And in Revelation 22:12, Jesus said, “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work (NKJV).

What exactly will be judged?

2 Corinthians 5:10 says, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”
The “bad” spoken of here is not something that is ethically or morally evil. The word for “bad” means “evil of another kind.” Another way to translate it is “good-for-nothingness.” It speaks of worthlessness. The wasting of one’s time, energy, and life in general. Is that what you’re doing with your life right now? Just wasting it on nothingness?

Jesus said, “If salt has lost it’s saltiness,what good is it?” Not much.
It’s like a coke that has lost its carbonation. Or a decaf, low-fat latte.Why bother?

The Bible speaks of how the quality of every man’s work will be tested: “Take particular care in picking out your building materials. Eventually there is going to be an inspection. If you use cheap or inferior materials, you’ll be found out. The inspection will be thorough and rigorous. You won’t get by with a thing. If your work passes inspection, fine; if it doesn’t, your part of the building will be torn out and started over. But you won’t be torn out; you’ll survive—but just barely” (1 Corinthians 3:12–15 MSG).

At the judgment seat of Christ, each of us will have to give an account of what we did with the life, gifts, and calling that God gave to us. So what are you not doing that you should be doing?

Let’s use the gifts, talents, and resources that God has given us to do His work while we still have the opportunity.

2 Responses to “Is Your Life Like a Decaf Low-Fat Latte?”

  1. Lori says:

    It’s sad to say, but many people are just glad they’ll get into heaven by the skin of their teeth. In my younger, more immature spiritual days, I thought so too. How grievous. Because we miss the opportunity to invest in God’s kingdom with our time, treasure and talent (I prefer the word “gifts”) and allow God to change lives who need him as much as we do. It is our act of gratitude to be selfless and bring others to Christ. When the judgment seat of Christ comes I do not want to hear “You mean all you cared about was yourself getting here and no one else?” I don’t know if he will actually say such things, but I imagine I will be cognizant of it. I have a lot of years past that were wasted and worthless. But I have been feeling a pressure lately that I must redeem the time, for the day is evil. Time is running out and I pray I will be paying attention to opportunities and to stay focused on God’s glory.

    • Gabriel says:

      Indeed, coffee depends on who the taster is. We believe psychologically that when we put coffee to our cup of hot water, the effect will be there immediately. But that is most of the times psychological. The word of God coming from the bible will not be digested if we don’t try to understand what God is really telling us and desire for a personal encounter. To draw ourselves to him is to really get ourselves ready to be taught of discipleship and eventually, disciple. No one in this world can assure us of heaven but God alone as He sent His only begotten Son. It’s not what we do for ourselves but what we should be doing to stand for Jesus.
      I myself am having a hard time drawing closer to Him because of my past mistakes. Now, I should realize that He can turn every sin into white as snow. He can turn our Decaf Low-Fat Latte life into the most awakening coffee of all times…only if we acknowledge that He already dwells in our hearts…To follow every character of Jesus is hard but as He promised: “Come to Me and I will give you rest.” We may struggle but He will always be there to pull us through… So, we should never cease praying that the Holy Spirit will always be there to guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus…All Glory to Him and not ourselves…what people sees do not matter anymore compared to what God sees in our lives that matter.

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