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We can imagine that on “the judgment of the great day” (Jude 6), there will be many excuses. Let’s consider some.

“But, Lord, what about all of the good that I have done?” This sounds like Matthew 7:22, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord Lord have we not…done many wonderful works?” But what will Jesus say? “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:23). What was their shortcoming? They failed to do the Father’s will (Matthew 7:21). The Lord wants us to be “zealous of good works” (Titus 2: 14), but all the good work s in the world cannot cover sin.

“But, Lord, I was just doing what other folks were doing.” Christ taught that this course of action leads to destruction, “Enter ye in at the strait (narrow) gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat” (Matthew 7:13). Remember, something is not right in God’s sight just because a lot of people are doing it.

“But, Lord, I was always so busy with work and everything that I didn’t have time for church.” A more truthful statement is that one does not make time. Jesus warned, “And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word” (Mark 4:19).

“Lord, I am sorry for the way that I lived. If I had a chance to do it again, I would do better.” None gets a second chance. “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

Let us all be certain that we are prepared for that day, so we won’t need any excuses.

Roger Campbell
via Findlay church of Christ

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