Keeping Watch

Covenant Eyes is a helpful web tool for those who want to stay pure in what they look at on the internet.  The way it works is C. E.  electronically sees and keeps track of every place you go on the internet and sends out a report to a person or persons that you have entrusted and have signed up.  Once a week they would get a detailed report of where you are going on the internet and what rating those sites have—from a G ratings to Highly Mature ratings. So they can tell clearly if you are looking at anything you shouldn’t be looking at.  If they see that you have a bad (mature) rating they will let you know by e-mail. 

I have had C.E. for a few years now.  I really like it.  As Christians, I think we need this sort of thing—people to keep us accountable, people who are watching out for us.  If you say, “I don’t want anyone seeing what I’m seeing on the internet,” I question your commitment to God.  As a Christian we are to be accountable to each other (I recommend that men be accountable only to men and women with women).   

 Just as C. E. electronically watches internet users, God watches us. He sees everything.  Proverbs 15:3 says, “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.”  In Psalms 90:8 the Psalmist prays, “You have set our iniquities before You, our secret sins in the light of Your presence.”  Also in Jeremiah 23:24, God asked the question: “Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him…do not I fill heaven and earth?”  And He not only sees what we look at, He knows what we are thinking and what we do in secret.

 And you know what? 

 What we look at, what we think about, and what we do now will impact our lives for eternity

 Here are the verses of proof:

1 Corinthians 3:12-15

Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. 14 If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. (NASU)

Here we see that in the judgment to come, when Christ comes, our works (the things we have given our lives to) will be tested.  We will receive a reward—an eternal reward—if our works endure; but if they don’t endure the test, we will not receive a reward.  Yet, we will retain our salvation.

2 Corinthians 5:9-10

Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. (NASU)

 At His return, Christ will judge (at the bema seat) all believers and He will reveal all the hidden things in our heart.  As MacArthur states in his notes,

This is not a judgment for sin.  Christ has paid that price (Rom. 8:1), so that no believer will ever be judged for sin.  This is only to determine eternal reward…final rewards will be based, not on outward service, but on inward devotion.

 As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 4:5, “[He] will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts” (NASU).  Therefore, we may have done all kinds of good deeds, but God, in the end, will look at our heart, our motives.  It matters not how much you put in the offering plate, or how many people you led to the Lord, or how much you prayed, or how many good blog posts you have written.  If you did not do it for the Lord, to please Him, you will not receive an eternal reward!

 So what are we to do?  How can we be ready for His return and have a good showing in the judgment?  I think 1 Peter 4:7-11 really spells it out for us. 

 The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. 8 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Be hospitable to one another without complaint. 10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (NASU)

Notice in the passage above, the attitude of devotion we are to have when doing good works.  This is the key.  This is what we will be judged on.  This is what pleases God.  Therefore, when we love, do it fervently; be hospitable without complaint; serve by the strength which God supplies; so that God may be glorified.

 

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About Stephen Nielsen

I'm an author, a self publisher, and a painting contractor. I live in beautiful Minnesota, USA . Welcome to my blog site.
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