Does it really matter what a person does with their life? Will there really be a accounting of every persons life after we leave this world? The Biblical answer to these questions is an astounding YES! The Holy Scriptures reveal that there will be an accounting for every person whether lost or saved. Don't waste your life is the message of God to mankind.. The pages of God's Word are filed with exhortations to understand that life is a gift and and assignment to find and fulfill God's purpose for breathing life into us in the first place. We are not here by chance but by the will of the sovereign God who expects a return on His investment. We need to be gripped by the reality that choices we make have consequences both now and for eternity.
For believers it is only our sins that are forgiven and forever forgotten by God - wasted lives are not forgotten, rather they are remembered and dealt with by God at the Judgment Seat of Christ! Wasted lives are often a result of a low view of God's grace. Grace has to do with salvation but Christians need to remember that their will be a JUST accounting of how our life counted and did we attain all Christ had planned for us. Especially with all the God given resources and abilities He gave us to accomplish such.
Martin Luther who found Christ through faith in God's grace never lost sight of God's justice as well. He lived daily by a motto he often repeated:
"I have but two days in my calendar - Today, and the Day I stand before Christ."
Now that is a motto worth striving for. It is worth putting on our mental hard drives daily until it becomes the habit of life. May we attempt to live it out 24/7.
Christ's coming simply reveals what people have been all the time. When He returns the purposes of our life will be revealed whether they were ours or His! For we believers, Paul tells us that when we stand before Christ "every man's work will be made manifest, for the day shall declare it" (1 Corinthians 3:13). May we live only two days, TODAY AND THE DAY WE STAND BEFORE CHRIST!