By Georgia (Jo) Kent
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1
If you were being accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? If you were on trial, what would the charges be against you? Would the jury hear that you were guilty of praying, reading your Bible, being kind to others or praising the Lord? What attributes do you posses that would prove you guilty of being a Christian? Or is the evidence not looking so great? Would the defense testify that you were found gossiping, lying, cheating, cursing and being dishonest? As Christians, let’s pray that we will always hear the words ‘Guilty as charged’ as we stand before the court shining with the grace of God.
“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,” 1 Peter 3:15
It’s your choice today…. You can live out your life with the attitude that you are innocent of being a Christian and spend eternity in the place called Hell. Or you can be found guilty, and sentenced to live out eternity in Heaven with our Lord who promised us riches beyond our imagination. I would encourage you today to take inventory of your life. Would you consider yourself to be a Christian? How do other people see you? Are the facts of your life enough to convict you as born-again believer in Christ? Does your daily behavior prove otherwise? God is the only judge that counts. May we all diligently seek to acquire and exhibit the attributes of godliness and live in His righteousness alone! With a little practice, you may end up rejoicing with all the other ‘guilty-as-charged’ Christians sentenced to Heaven for all of eternity.
“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35
Heavenly Father, I humbly ask that you become our counselor when we stand before the courts of life. That we will always be found guilty living our lives in such a way that we glorify your presence and that our reward is eternity in Heaven with You. Thank you for being our perfect example. We love you. Amen