Accounting Day
 
Introduction 
One of the most convicting thoughts in my mind is that there is coming a day that I must give an account for what I have done with my life. II Corinthians 5:10, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” 1. It is an appointment that must be kept. “… we must all appear …” There is no getting out of it. There will be no concealing or hiding anything. 2. It is an appointment to give account. “… judgment seat …” The word seat is the Greek word ‘bema.’ Every three years the Corinthians had physical games known as, “The Isthmian Games.” They lasted several weeks. Those entering the games had to certify that they had been in training for the last 12 months and had followed every rule. If a contestant won an event, he was not declared the winner until the judges agreed that all the rules had been followed. If a contestant was a winner, they were taken to an area known as the Bema and there the winner was given a crown, which was just a wreath that lasted for a short time. Let me share with you just a few things we must give an account for.
 
For Who We Are. John 3:1-8
Nicodemus was a very religious man that had a good reputation and knew the meaning of hard work. But he had a major problem, Nicodemus was religious, but lost. The new birth was taught to Nicodemus by Jesus Himself. Jesus told him that no matter who you are, in order to be a child of God, you had to be born again. 1. Naturally—John 3:4, “… of your mother …“ 2. Supernaturally—John 3:6, “… by the spirit of God …“ But remember, it was Nicodemus’ personal responsibility to make sure he was saved and right with God.
 
For What We Say. Matthew 12:36-37
“But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” Illustration: Almost every week of my life as I am sharing the Gospel with someone, that person will say, “I am already a Christian.” Then I will ask them, “If you died today, do you know for sure you are saved and would go to Heaven?” They will reply, “No one can know that for sure.” Their words just condemned them. Why? Because the Bible says, “These things have I written unto you … that ye may know …“ I John 5:13 If a person says they are a Christian, but begins to curse God: “… by thy words …“ 
 
For How We Live. Titus 2:12
“Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.” The world thinks you are crazy for denying yourself wicked things, and believing in that which is eternal. Have you ever heard of a preacher by the name of D. L. Moody? He was called “Crazy Moody” by the drunks, politicians, and the elite of Chicago. In their eyes, he was crazy to invest his life in the eternal. Today you could not name one of those that called him “Crazy Moody”, but I know that you have heard of Dwight Lyman Moody.
 
For That Which We Know. Hosea 4:6
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” We as Americans have such a rich history. Yet most of those who profess to be an American know very little about the foundation this nation was built upon. Historians are proving more each day that the Bible, God’s Word, has played a greater role in founding and establishing this nation more than the Constitution. It is historically proven that our forefathers quoted the Bible four times more often than any other reference, yet now the Bible is mocked and ridiculed and referred to as, “a racist book.” The first law books in America were William Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Law. Each law would reveal its origin in the Word of God. But today it is unconstitutional to have the Ten Commandments displayed in a public school because it might cause the student to meditate upon them, and then base their decisions upon what they teach.
 
Conclusion
What we view as progressive in America today and in our churches is not progressive but digressive: a departure from the absolute truth. This is why we see such a rise in sexual perversion, crime, shootings, and suicide. We need to get back to God. We need to once again realized that there is coming a day that each of us will be called upon to give an account. Today place your trust in Christ, and then live for that which is eternal.
 
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