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May
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Preparing For Judgment

I think that the second half of Ecclesiastes 11:9 offers a pretty clear warning about “following your heart”:

Follow the ways of your heart
    and whatever your eyes see,
but know that for all these things
    God will bring you into judgment.​ – Ecclesiastes 11:9b (NIV)​

It seems like Solomon is telling us to do whatever you like…but know that you will stand before the Judge one day.  Feel free to find your bliss or follow your heart, but you will be judged by Christ for everything you’ve done – good and bad alike.  We will be held accountable for every single word and deed in this life.  Whether you follow Jesus or not, there is a judgment coming for all of humanity.  Those who follow Christ will be found “not guilty,” while those who reject Jesus will be condemned for all of eternity.  The church has orders from Heaven to keep this from happening!  Look at verse 23 of Jude’s short letter:

save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.​ – Jude 23 (NIV)​

We have a job to do!  We have a Heavenly mandate!  The world is going to hell and we, as followers of Christ, cannot sit idly by with our eyes on the sky going, “I hope Jesus comes to rescue us from this horrible place.”  We are supposed to be urgently pulling people from the fires of hell, not just biding our time waiting for Jesus to come back!  We long for His return, but the fact that Jesus is coming back to judge the world should give us a sense of urgency to be making disciples of all nations as He told us to do in Matthew 28:18-20.  We will all be judged.  We must do everything in our power and with the power of the Holy Spirit within us to prepare people for judgment.  At the very least, let us tell the world that the Judge is coming.  He is coming and when He does, will He find us faithful to Him and His cause?
Ecclesiastes 11:7-10 (NIV)

Light is sweet,
    and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.
However many years anyone may live,
    let them enjoy them all.
But let them remember the days of darkness,
    for there will be many.
    Everything to come is meaningless.

You who are young, be happy while you are young,
    and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth.
Follow the ways of your heart
    and whatever your eyes see,
but know that for all these things
    God will bring you into judgment.
10 So then, banish anxiety from your heart
    and cast off the troubles of your body,
    for youth and vigor are meaningless.

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