Posted: November 02, 2016
I am a total dog lover, so naturally one of my favorite time-wasting activities is laughing at hilarious “dog shaming” photos on the internet.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, “dog shaming” photos are pictures where a dog owner takes a photo of their guilty dog wearing a sign around his neck announcing his shameful action(s). Trust me, they are a hoot!
The offenses include but are not limited to: shamelessly stealing food, destroying toilet paper rolls or children’s stuffed animals, eating lipstick tubes, socks, money, legos, glitter or just anything else, and doing things to embarrass their owner such as eating a child’s ice cream out of their hands at the park. I literally LOL every time I look at “dog shaming” photos!
But let’s get real for a second. When we get to Heaven, the Bible says we will have to give an account for our actions on earth. And while dog-shaming is hysterical and harmless, what if the account of our shameful deeds on earth wasn’t so hysterical?
Now I’m certainly not trying to bring condemnation for errors in the past. We are all sinners who have failed, but thank God for Jesus, and for his saving work on the cross that removed our sins from us as far as the east is from the west!
Because of God’s grace through our faith, we are assured our place in heaven.
But what I am trying to say is, as you move forward in life your actions will impact what’s written on the sign around your neck at the Judgment Seat of Christ. I want my sign to display good deeds, faithfulness and obedience, so I will be rewarded in heaven!
What will the sign around your neck say?
“For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.”
- 2 Corinthians 5:10 NLT
Lord, thank you for your grace and mercy that remove my sin. Help me to live my life with Heaven in mind, so that I can stand before you at the Judgment Seat of Christ and hear, “well done, good and faithful servant.” In Jesus’ name, amen.