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These Daily Reflections supply the messages from Grace Church as daily video clips from the most recent sermons. Each day's clip will last about 10 minutes and if you watch them all, you will have reviewed morning and evening sermons from the previous Sunday.

Ministry Reflection - July 12, 2009

The Only Evidence: Matthew 25:31-46

And so look at yourself. What do these trials reveal about you?
When the Lord puts you to the test, do you choose God or the world?
When you are faced with the possible loss of something you want in order to obey the Lord, or to disobey Him in order to hold onto it, which do you choose?
Do you follow Jesus only when it’s convenient to follow Him, when you think He’s leading you down the path you want to go? Or do you follow Him even when the path He’s showing you means you must die to yourself and give up something you desperately want?

This is the evidence the Lord will examine on that day and weigh in the scales:
This is why our works – the actual decisions we make – are the best evidence of our Christianity.
It’s the very evidence the Judge Himself will use on that day.

We should be thankful that He has told us in advance that it is:
If the Lord hadn’t shown us, we would wish that He had so that we would know how to get ready.
But He has told us, and so if we are wise, we will look carefully at what our lives tell us about our spiritual condition.
Consider what you are doing; consider whether that’s the evidence you want brought to God’s tribunal.

Peter writes, “If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth” (1 Pet. 1:17).
And Solomon writes, “For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil” (Ecc. 12:14).

If what you’re doing now isn’t the evidence you want brought, then trust in Jesus, repent and begin to do what is right.
If you do, He will blot out all your sins, give you a perfect righteousness and the ability to live a life that is full of good works.
That is the best way to prepare for that day. Amen.

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