“And so each of us shall give an account of himself [give an answer in reference to judgment] to God. Then let us no more criticize and blame and pass judgment on one another, but rather decide and endeavor never to put a stumbling block or an obstacle or a hindrance in the way of a brother.” – Romans 14:12-13 (AMPC).
Meditate: Everyone I come across has this to say, “Don’t you think the days are passing by us real fast?” And my reply to them has been, “Sure does feel that way, and it reminds me only of one thing, the soon coming of our precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
As we look forward to that blessed day for various reasons, we should also remember that it would be a day of reckoning for one and all. So as we journey through in life, pray we take heed of the way we live, what we think, speak and do, for according to Scripture, we will all have to give an account of it to God. And believe me, no lying is gonna work when we stand before Him. Check out God’s take on this: Everyone “shall give an account of himself”. Hence He warns, “let us no more criticize, blame or pass judgments on one another”.
So every one of us, regardless of our spiritual claims, Scriptural knowledge, ministerial accomplishments, academic and worldly success, dressing or eating habits, we would all have to give an account for our own lives to God. And in the light of this, it will be wise that we resolve never to judge others (believer or an unbeliever) and never to place an obstacle or impediment in their paths that could cause them to trip and fall. Rather be praying that none be lost.
Therefore, be wise on how you pass your time in this journey on earth, for as God has clearly warned us that, each person must answer for himself/herself and give a personal account of their lives when they stand before Him one day. The call for each day should be an immediate honest check of our own lives with Holy Spirit’s help in the light of God’s Word. So we better stop condemning and being critical and judgmental of other believers, but instead determine to never deliberately cause, especially a brother or sister in Christ to stumble and fall because of our actions.
Let this prayer by king David be our prayer too: “Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” – Psalm 139:23-24 (AMPC).
Let us pray: God, I invite your searching gaze into my heart. Examine me through and through; find out everything that may be hidden within me. Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares. See if there is any path of pain I’m walking on, and lead me back to your glorious, everlasting ways – the path that brings me back to you. In Jesus name I pray, amen!