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4/23/2021 7:56:00 AM
So You've Accepted Christ--Now What Do You Do?

Do you sometimes feel like the least of all the saints heading for heaven? I had a friend who replied, “no, never!” I stepped back from him in case God wanted to do a little lightning practice. Maybe you aren’t the least of all the saints, but in comparison it may say you have your eyes on your neighbor instead of God. When we concentrate on our position in the eyes of God it is humbling to know how much He loves us even though we are unworthy. He looks upon even the lowliest of His children with all the love He has. I’ve often thought to be arrogant before God is the same mistake the Devil made in his encounters with God before being thrown out of heaven.

Hopefully, we can all appreciate the humility we should have before God and others. We are all saved by the grace of God and His unbounding love for each of us. Now, that being said, I once enjoyed the professor, who mused over a student of theology, who was being quizzed about a paper he had submitted to the professor in class one day. The professor was making the point we should all do our best for the Lord. When he was passing the papers back to the class after grading them, he commented on the student’s paper and said he’d never encountered a paper like this student’s before. The student sat up in his chair with pride and said, “I just let the Spirit of God tell me what to write and I wrote it down.”

The professor responded as he handed the ‘F’ to him, “I believe the Holy Spirit can do better than that with a student who applies himself. Maybe next time He’ll lead you to do a little more research.” We all had a great chuckle out of it and were afraid not to do the research in his class all year. We didn’t want to be the next year’s example of what not to do.

Still, I reflect on the day of our resurrection, our day of accounting, for how we lived our life here on earth. Will God say we listened to Him or will He say you should have listened more to Him. I can’t imagine a more final declaration than to Hear God say, directly or indirectly, you should have listened more. You should have followed through more. My hope is to hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

So, the question begs to be asked, does God grade on the curve? Yes! He loves us all with all of who He is. I am humbled and grateful for that. It’s more than I deserve and a huge reason not to be arrogant before God, or anyone. Are you doing the best you can for the God-given upbringing you had or are you just coasting? What should you be doing?

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