Last month I had shared over the pulpit the topic “Why everything we do today matter forever”. And we dealt on the biblical issue of being rewarded by God Himself on the Judgement day at the Bema seat of Christ.
Jeremiah 5: 30-31 – ” An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?
Israel as a nation then was in total disobedient to God. Jerusalem refused to repent. The prophets and priests conspire to lie and oppress, rather than to teach God’s word and rule justly. They crave such false teachings, but it will destroy them when the end comes. Similarly, as we look at the things that are happening around us in this present chaotic and materialistic world, Christians should also be pleading and warning those whom they love that, if they do not repent, they will be speechless, helpless, and hopeless when the end comes.
Jeremiah asks, “What will you do when the end comes?” — you who have loved falsehood. Loved it.
This is a question that carries its own answer! “What will you do when the end comes?” You will be able to do nothing. Nothing to save yourself.
And “what will we do” when we stand before God as our omnipotent and all-knowing enemy? What will we do when we face the one we have belittled all our life?
We will definitely be speechless, helpless, and hopeless.
Closer to our hearts are the words of the our Lord Jesus Christ:
“Repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent” (Revelation 2:5).
“Repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth” (Revelation 2:16).
“Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you” (Revelation 3:3).
If Jeremiah offered a fountain of mercy in this life, Jesus offers an ocean. All the more urgent, then, are the warnings — “how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3).
Let’s take heed less we forget:
Delight yourself in the Lord! (Psalm 37:4). “At his right hand is fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore!” (Psalm 16:11).
Elder Andrew Lim