What will the verdict be?

Pastor Thad Gifford - Contributing Columnist

This past Wednesday, I drove two of our members from church to Dayton for a disability hearing at the Social Security Administration. On the way down, we were talking about the lady’s disability and how it had been denied several times, but this time she was going to go before a judge to have her case decided.

She was nervous about having to stand before a judge because she didn’t know the questions she would be asked. She hoped she had good answers that would allow her to receive the benefits she believes she has coming to her.

While we talked about her case and standing before a judge, the thought came that one day, everyone of us will stand before a judge. Maybe you have stood before a judge for a traffic violation, or for a violation of another sort. Maybe you have never stood before a judge. But one day, the Bible says that everyone of us will.

We will stand and give an account for everything we have done in this life and for every idle word we have spoken. Now, I am not sure of just how God is going to record our life, or how it’s going to be played back for us. Will He use a VHS tape, or a DVD, or a Hi-Def capture device or will God simply share His memory of our life with us? I don’t know.

But, I do know this: there are two final questions that everyone must answer when we stand before the Ultimate Judge of this Universe. Would you like to know what those questions are?

The first question is: “Why should I let you into My Heaven?” There is only one right answer and if you tell Him it’s because you were a good person or a church member or treated others like you would like to be treated, or gave a lot of your money to the church or any other reason you will not enter into Heaven. Only by accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior will you spend your eternity in Heaven. There is no other way.

The second question is this: “What did you do with the ministry I gave you?” God has given each one a gift or a talent to use in this life to be used for bringing honor and glory to Him. Our gift/talent is to be used in ministry. Each one of us have a ministry whether we know what it is or not. Are you being busy for the Lord in ministry or are you living life for yourself? One day, we will give an account.

We left the courtroom that day not knowing the judge’s decision. That will come at a later date. And, while we go about this life, whether we are putting the Lord first or living this life for our own good, there is coming a day when the Judge will hand down His verdict to each one of us.

What will your verdict be? “Well done, good and faithful servant!” or “Depart from Me, I never knew you.” You still have time to accept Jesus as your Savior and turn your life over to Him. I hope you will give serious consideration to doing this.

And that is Something To Think About for this week.

If you are uncertain of where you are going to spend your eternity, and if you have any doubts about whether your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, please let me know, I’d be happy to talk with you.

Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at m.thad.gifford@gmail.com, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.


Pastor Thad Gifford

Contributing Columnist