Read: Hebrews 4:1-16
Consider: Judgement is something we do not like to talk about, yet it is vitally important for the world to know that God will indeed hold everyone to account. Those who reject God will be condemned, but those who are in Christ will not face condemnation (Romans 8:1). While we, as Christians, will not be condemned we will still have to give an account of ourselves to God (see the parable of the ten minas – Luke 19:11-27). God will hold us to account for those things he has entrusted to us (time, talents, money), as well as our sharing of the good news of the gospel with others.
In today’s reading from Hebrews 4 the writer concentrates upon the concept of the Sabbath rest, but amongst the passage he says this: For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account (Hebrews 4:12-13). Psalm 90, which is recorded as ‘A prayer of Moses the man of God’ says this when addressing God: You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence (Psalm 90:8). If I was to ask you what your secret sins are, what would you say? These are the things you keep secret from those closest to you and which you hide from your fellow believers. The truth is that we can all easily fool others into believing that our thoughts and actions are always pure. The Bible teaches us that even if we fool others, we cannot fool God. God sees everything and knows every thought, yet despite knowing us intimately he still loves us.
Paul himself spoke of the tension we all feel between doing what we should do and what we actually do. In his letter to the Romans he says: For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it (Romans 7:19-20). These verses do not mean that we can use excuses with God, as if it is his fault that he made us the way we are.
There may be unrepented sin in our lives that we need to bring to God, seeking his forgiveness. These may be ‘secret’ sins that we are reluctant to bring to God, but by confronting our sinfulness we can be forgiven and this allows the Holy Spirit to transform our attitude to these things.
There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs (Luke 12:2-3).
Pray: Father, we acknowledge the sin that lurks in the dark recesses of our minds and hearts. Forgive us and renew us in our attitudes, transforming our minds to conform to your will. Amen
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