Our Deeds

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?  But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds

Romans 2:4-6

This passage says that God will “render to every man according to his deeds.”  When a Christian stands before the Lord, he is going to have to answer for what he has done.  This passage is not speaking of salvation.  For the Christian, that is settled.  When it comes to our sins and our salvation, we are judged not by our own righteousness, but by the perfect, substitutionary righteousness of Jesus Christ.  But we do still have to stand before the Lord and, according to this passage and others, answer for our “deeds.”

What are “our deeds?”  Our deeds are simply the things that we do.  We are going to be judged for and answer for what we have done with the lives that God gave us.  What have we done with the opportunities that God has given us?  Have we helped the people who God has put in our lives?  Have we lived according to His Word?  What are our deeds?  What are we doing?

It is a fearful thing to think about standing in front of the Lord and answering for anything.  But it is especially fearful to think about standing in front of the Lord and answering for the many wrong deeds that we have done.  It is a fearful thing to think about answering for all of the wasted time and opportunity that we have had.

If God is going to “render to every man according to his deeds,” we need to make sure that our deeds are right and good.  And we need to do that every single day!

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