The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armour of light.” Romans 13:12
I love the hue of light signaling the start of a brand new day. It almost seems like the clutching shroud of darkness has met its match and is defeated by the powerful, light of the invading sun. A new day is born. Darkness with all its dearth, coldness and aloofness it attracts, has been dealt another blow.
But what about the day ahead when all believers will stand before the eternal Son of God’s love? This day will be dawn for every true believer in the light of His powerful, majestic glory. Oh, what a day that will be!
This day was brought powerfully to our attention last Sunday. A new day will dawn for the church where the Lord will expose our dark motives, our unrevealed reasons and ideas behind our serving the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Our acts of service will be put to the test. The result? Rewards or suffer loss. (1Cor. 3:14-15).
This gracious insight of a future day for all believers not only warns us but also should motivate us to serve Christ wholeheartedly. We often serve Him with divided hearts where we try to worship and serve the Lord and also serve ourselves. How we need to constantly evaluate the honesty of our motives. I like how James Denney in 1894 wrote on this: The books are shut now, but they will be opened then. The things we have done in the body will come back to us, whether good or bad. Every pious thought, and every thought of sin; every secret prayer, and every secret curse; every unknown deed of charity, and every hidden deed of selfishness: we see them all again; and though we have not remembered them for years, and perhaps have forgotten them altogether, we shall have to acknowledge that they are our own, and take them to ourselves.