We Will All Be Held To Account

Filed in Living by on June 18, 2015 0 Comments

 

So then [on Judgment Day], each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.

Romans 14:12

 

I have found that some of the simplest concepts in the bible are the most important, like the one above. When you do something, or choose not to do something, do you ever consider what the ramifications will be when you are eventually held to account by God? If you do, you will make better choices.

Sometimes when I am deciding whether or not to take a certain action, I think to myself, “When I am at the pearly gates, and St. Peter is about to play back the parts of my life that he deems most relevant to my salvation, if the only scene he were to replay is the one that is about to unfold, am I comfortable with my decision?”

This is a tough question, and a high standard to hold oneself to, but it is critically important to your afterlife. (Which, by the way, will last forever, so choose wisely!)

A couple of years ago I was cleaning out one of our rental condos after a tenant moved out, and I took down a crucifix he had on one of the walls. When I finished gathering up the rest of what he had left behind, I took it all outside to the dumpster to dispose of it. As I was getting ready to toss it all out, including the crucifix, I thought to myself, “Oh, this wouldn’t be a good visual at the pearly gates: me throwing ‘Jesus on the cross’ into the dumpster. I’ll burn in hell for that for sure!”

So I thought about what to do with the crucifix. I had no good place for it in my house, so I decided to just lay it in the back seat of my car. Knowing that I drive too fast, I figured maybe having God in the car would keep me from killing myself.

One day when a friend got in the back seat car of my car and saw the crucifix, he joked, “What is this, some kind of a ‘Jesus take the wheel’ thing?” I said, yeah, that’s exactly what it is.

So the next time you think about discarding a religious item (!), or, more importantly, mistreating your spouse, neglecting one of your children, or not helping a friend in need, take a moment to consider the long-term ramifications of your decision. If you choose more wisely, you will be storing up the only valuable you can take with you when you die, which is goodwill in heaven.

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TIM MCINTYRE retired in 2004 from his position as president of Applied Systems after facilitating a successful sale of the company. At only forty-six years old, he made the unusual decision to fully retire to pursue other interests and simply enjoy free time. As a hard-driving Type A personality, this turned out to be a significant challenge for the Notre Dame and University of Chicago-educated MBA, CPA, and Certified Cash Manager.

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