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3/10/2018 12:11:00 AM
Are You Willing To Be Half Right?

Dr. Vince Hefner, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Cherryville, NC

Have you ever considered what your last request before you die? What would you want done, or said about you by others?

I recently read the reported last request of Alexander the Great while he laid upon his deathbed. He commanded that when he died his hands should not be wrapped in gravecloths, which was the normal procedure for a funeral, but be left outside the casket so that people could see them while his body was carried to the grave.

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Before I finished reading the explanation for his request, I began to speculate on the purpose of this unusual last wish. I thought that maybe he wanted the people to see the hands that had conquered the world. Perhaps he wanted people to see the hands of a fallen leader who had loved his own people and gave them his all.

However, I was wrong. Alexander the Great wanted people to see that his hands were empty; that there was nothing in them; He was born to one empire, and conquered another; the possessor of the East and the West while he lived, yet now when he was dead could not retain even the smallest portion of the treasures he had attained while living. He was now on equal terms with the poorest beggar in the world.

Or was he? I have always heard that you can’t take it with you when you go, but does that mean that you are not going to get what is coming to you when you go to where you belong after you die?

According to the Bible, the Christian will receive what is due him after he dies.

2 Corinthians 5:10 says, “For we (the Christians) must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”

This is a fact presented in the Scripture that cannot be overlooked by the Christian. The Bible says that the Christian will receive what is due him from his actions on the earth. All his actions, the good and the bad ones will be reviewed by the Son of God.

When I think about this Scripture, I think about God’s justice on all the people who had done wrong and created hardships on people while claiming they were Christian.

I have seen people who claimed Christ as Lord, and were just plain ol’mean and hateful. I have wondered how they live with themselves and how others live with them.

However, the more I think about this promise in God’s Word about receiving what is “due” I begin to consider my own actions. One day, at an appointed time, I will give an account of my actions while on this earth, the good ones and the bad ones. This does not mean that one earns his salvation, for that is accomplished through the Cross of Jesus Christ. It means that a Christian is accountable to Jesus Christ for how he acts while on earth. This also means that the Christian is going to get what is coming to him for all his actions.

Alexander the Great was at least half-right in his last request. A person cannot take with him what is upon this earth such as possessions, but he will get what is coming to him when he stands before a just and holy God.

Remember, don’t give in to sin. Think about it!

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