DayBreaks for 3/09/18: The Great and the Small
NOTE: Galen is traveling this week.
From the DayBreaks archive, March 2008:
Rev. 20:12: And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.
I was talking with some new members in our church family and was really blessed by spending the time with them. Godly men and women are so refreshing! As it turns out, the wife is from British origin and still has a wonderful accent. Being a “Brit”, she was deeply saddened by the death of Princess Diana. In fact, they shared a story with me about the time that they were within about 10 feet of her while they were “on holiday” in England, and then the wife shared a story with me of a time when she went right up to the window of the Queen’s motorcar (how about that for another British term that I squeezed in here?!?!?) and snapped a picture of Her Royal Majesty. Things like that wouldn’t happen in America – if you rushed the President’s motorcade to snap a picture, the Secret Service just might snap off a shot at you!
Nonetheless, we do tend to think in a special way about “nobility” or the powerful. We really shouldn’t. They are just men and women like the rest of us. They eat, sleep, get sick, and if they are cut, they bleed just like us. They even will die just like us. And whatever special treatment they may have received here will stop at that moment in time when they pass from this world. There is no reason to be envious of them.
General Robert E. Lee was a devout believer in Jesus Christ. Not too long after the end of the Civil War, he was attending worship services at a church in Washington, D.C. and he knelt down next to a black man to pray. After services were over, someone approached him and asked him, “General, how could you do that? How could you pray next to a black man?” The general replied, “All ground is level beneath the cross of Jesus.”
On that great and final day when the kings, queens, princes, paupers and beggars are all gathered before the throne, degrees won’t matter nor will royal blood. It won’t matter how many sales you made in this lifetime, how high you rose in the ranks of business or academia, how much money you had in the bank or how beautiful or handsome you were. None of that will even be discussed. You won’t be able to bribe God with your money, titles or with an autograph of your famous name. On that day, the cross of Jesus will tower over everything else and your only hope will be to plead the blood of Jesus. Princess Diana will be there and all the good things she may have done to benefit the starving or help children won’t mean a thing unless she knew Jesus as her Savior.
Are you confusing success in one part of your life with spiritual success? It is easy to do. Just because you are successful in the physical realm doesn’t mean your spiritual life is great, too. The ground will be level beneath his cross on the judgment day.
PRAYER: Remind us, Lord, that the small and great all must alike pass through death’s door and face judgment. Help us to not confuse success in this world with faithfulness to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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