Are ready to give an account?

“So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.” – Romans 14:12

I remember one day, while assigned to Professional Standards, I was standing at the records window and then Chief of Police, Roger Halbert, walked up and looked at me and said “justify your existence.” I guess he could tell by my dumfounded look I either couldn’t or didn’t understand. In either case, he said, why should I keep you here? What have you been doing?

Fortunately, as the initial shock wore off, I was able to mumble something about accreditation and he was satisfied he should keep me around.

Now, let me say, I thought the world of Chief Halbert and he was an extremely fair man, but I was scared of him. I got to know him better over the years and I was still scared of him. So, his question, which he meant as lighthearted still struck a fearful chord in me.

In the verse above, we are told we are going to stand before One stronger and more fearful than any Chief of Police, Sheriff, Governor or any worldly leader. And, when we do, we will be told to give an account for what we have done with all He has given us. That justification begins with what we have done with His Son, Jesus Christ. Apart from Him, all of our good works are worth nothing.

I never expected that question from Chief Halbert on that day, so I was caught off guard. When we stand before God, we know the question is coming so, don’t be caught off guard!

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