I am a sojourner here, a stranger I am on earth. My home is far from this world.
My home is not of this earth. With pain and hardship and toil, I travel here on this earth. Heaven where God Himself dwells, There is the home for me.
My heart is not in this world, I must be ready to leave, I must not stay here long (PH 791). There are so many evidence in Scripture that affirms the second coming of the Lord. For instance, IN JOHN 14:3 WE READ, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” - John 14:3
The passage for our reflection today clearly states the urgency of the coming of the lord with the words; “I come quickly and my reward is with me”. We must all have this consciousness. We must live like people who are not going to stay on this earth eternally. Paul says in 1corinthians 15:19 that “And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world” 1 Cor. 15:19.
We may be alive to see the lord or He will invite us home before He comes. Is your lifestyle deserving of a reward or punishment when the Lord comes? Remember, reward or punishment will be given according to the deeds of the individual as stated in the passage.
Who are those qualified for a reward
• Those who have accepted the Lord as their personal savior.
• Those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit.
• Those who are able to overcome sin.
• Those who are living according to the dictates of the Lord.
• Those who are becoming like Christ.
• Those who have washed themselves in the blood of the lamb.
We have various songs that depict the beauty and glory of heaven. Revelations 21: 4 also paint a picture of heaven as a place of no tears, no death, no sorrow and anguish, no crying or pain. As a result, we must try to make it to heaven. The essence of our coming to church is to make it to heaven one day.
Who are those to be punished?
1corinthians 6: 9 -10 mentions the following as those who will not inherit the kingdom of God
The unrighteous, the immoral, idolaters, adulterers, sexual perverts, thieves, greedy, drunkards, revilers, robbers, liars. In Luke 16: 19-31, the passage about Lazarus and the rich man gives a hint of the intensity of the punishment. In verse 23 and 24, we heard the rich man requesting for a dip of finger in water to quench his thirst. It implies that the following can be experienced there;
• You will be thirsty
• Agony in the fire
• Other portions of scripture mentions weeping and gnashing of teeth.
• A place of pain
• A place of torment
These at least give us a gist of how the place will look like. You may not want to be there. The rich man was so generous that he ended by saying that Abraham should send someone to the family to inform them to change so they will not end up at this place. You need not be there.
I pray that on that day you will receive the words, 'well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; i will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'
Remember, there are only two ways - the narrow gate or the wide gate.
Unfortunately, there are so many people on the wide road leading to hell because it is comfortable enough walking on that way. For those on that way, kindly turn back, you are on a dangerous way, you are on the way to destruction, there is pain, torment on this way. Today, God is calling you back to himself to come back to the narrow way. There are challenges on the narrow way but the joy is that our god will not leave us alone. He will surely go with us.
HOW AM I EXPECTED TO LIVE
• Live on daily basis in expectation of the coming of the Lord
• Assess yourself on daily basis
• Be prepared at all times because He will come like a thief
• Live like Christ.
• Put to death your earthly nature
• Set your mind on things above
May the Lord grant us the grace to make it to heaven in the name of Jesus