In the End
by Woodrow Kroll
The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule by their own power; And My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?
—Jeremiah 5:31 (NKJV)
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Everything that begins also ends. Beautiful buildings are erected, but eventually they are torn down. Seeds sprout and grow into plants, but after their season they, too, come to an end. Even the universe, as we now know it, will some day be destroyed (Revelation. 21:1). It is only reasonable, then, that as we begin something we must keep in mind that it eventually will come to an end—and then what?
That was God’s warning to Israel. They were being misled by those who were responsible for their spiritual welfare. The prophets and priests were telling the people only what they wanted to hear, which was fine with them. They didn’t want to be confronted with their sins. They loved the sugarcoated messages and the false assurances. But God inquired, “What will you do in the end?” What will you do when reality knocks on the door and you no longer can continue to deny the truth? Everything that begins has an end—and then what will you do?
As you live your life, don’t forget that one day it, too, will end. And then what? God’s Word indicates that all Christians must stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ to give an account of ourselves (Romans. 14:10; 2 Corinthians 5:10). This is not to determine our salvation but the value of our works. All those things that are built upon the lies of the world are only wood, hay and straw, and they will be burned up (1 Corinthians 3:12-15). In the end, only what you have done for Christ will last.
As you go through your day, evaluate what you do in light of the end you know is coming. When you stand before the judgment Seat of Christ, will the things you’ve given your life to really matter? Commit yourself to do that which is of eternal value.
The end is coming—and then what will you do?
An adaptation from the book
GIANTS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT: “LESSONS ON LIVING FROM JEREMIAH
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