God is quite the gentleman. At no point throughout eternity has he ever forced someone to do something. In creation HE spoke and all things came to be. When Jehovah created mankind, Adam first then Eve, he formed them/us with His very own hands. God is a very personal god. Humanity, with rebellion and disobedience forces God into judging us more harshly than we feel we should be but in the end God is a righteous judge and therefore HE is correct in how he judges us.
In life, God is still God and further down the road, in death God is still God.
We are only a few hours past Resurrection Sunday and a couple of days beyond Good Friday. Around the world churches and organizations acknowledged the life and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Many of us reflected on the meaning of it all and hopefully it caused us to examine our lives more closely. For the born-again believer it is a time of celebration and joy. Our salvation was completed when walked out of the grave. From the moment we say yes to Jesus becoming Lord and Saviour of our lives, our lives take on a different meaning and purpose. O' the peace that fills our soul as we surrender to Jesus.
Even in the twilight years of life, the fire still burns to serve and know God as when we first committed to Him. God takes pleasure in what we do for Him , and he is pleased by our obedience. Living testimonies of who we serve, that is who we are.
Years go by and we seem to be slowing down. Not spiritually but physically. Remember, God is still God. Our lives now lean toward praying all-the-more for others who are being raised up after us, men and women whom the Spirit has used us to lead to Christ and share the gospel with.
God is still God, and in death our lives glorify HIM, because now He is calling us to come home to be with HIM. Praise be to the saints above and the one joining the heavenly chorus singing HOLY, HOLY, HOLY. All that we have hoped for and longed to receive is now before us.
Paul the apostle says in 1st Timothy 4:7-8, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Now there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day..."
He who has the Son of God has eternal life.
Dedicated to Peggy