Telling God your story
Romans 14:12 says, “So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.”
Now, I am not sure of the logistics of how this will happen. But the how, when and where should not be our focus with this scripture. What matters here is that at some point we WILL give an account to God. That means all of us. Those that believe and live in faith as well as those that believe but live their own way. It includes those that don’t believe at all as well as those that refuse to even make a choice. No one is exempt. “EACH of us will give an account…”
But what does that really mean?
To “give an account” literally means to tell a narrative about someone or something to someone. Ok, to take that just a bit deeper, a “narrative” is a spoken or written account of connected events or a story. So, we can conclude that to give “an account to God” means that at some point we will have to tell God our story.
You can think of this a few ways as I see it:
Will you run to God, excited like a child coming home with an A+ on a test, so excited to show their parents? Will you be excited to bring up certain experiences and instances in your life and celebrate with God your grand accomplishments?
Will you walk to Him and say something like this: “Lord, I failed you for many years. I turned my back on you and went my own way. But God, I pulled it together as best as I could and devoted my days to you Lord. I tried my hardest, accepted your forgiveness and this is what happened in my story... -OR-
Will you approach Him with your head down, hands in your pockets, feet barely shuffling, slowly approaching him scared, embarrassed and ashamed to give your account?
I believe Our Father deeply desires options 1 or 2. He wants to celebrate our lives with us. He is happy to forgive the past and is genuinely excited when we turn our lives around and live for Him and love Him in everything we do, say and think, as well as loving others just the same.
And with that thought I pause and think of today. Just today. Right now. What does this chapter of my life look like? We all know the saying, "Yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery but today is a gift, that is why it is called the present." We each have the ability to refocus our lives and make new choices at any time. Yesterday is gone. But today we have the gift of choice.
When you stand before the Lord and recall the time of Coronavirus, the strangeness of self distancing, quarantine, possible job loss, illness and total disruption to “normalcy”, what will you be able to say you did with this time?
In Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, we have been given a grand commission for our time on earth. It says, “...Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment; including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.”
Yes, we are behind closed doors a lot more than usual right now but we are not hidden from the Lord. He will bring every deed into judgment. Isn’t this a great time to make the choice to choose good? Not just by saying or believing a vague statement like, “I’m a good person,” but to actually BE the good in every possible way, especially now. To try harder and reach further for a godly goodness??
Can you reach out and encourage someone today, maybe pick up supplies for someone unable to do it for themselves? Now that families are home together more, maybe you can set aside time to dig into the word of God together. Maybe establish a morning Bible reading or prayer time together? I have seen people on social media being creative and coming up with videos, playing music and dancing or singing to show some love and lift the spirits of perfect strangers. (If my kids were young and still lived here, we would TOTALLY be doing that lol!!) We’ve seen the videos in Italy and around the world where people are going out onto their decks to play music or sing for their neighbors just to lift up their spirits and stay united. It’s such an amazing display when they all start joining in song!!
Maybe you can come up with games to play with your children to incorporate Scripture or Bible stories, etc. Draw pictures of characters or scenes in the Bible or play charades. Believe it or not, kids love that stuff, even if they roll their eyes at you at first. If you are able, maybe you can find a reputable charity to donate to.
And as always, if you don’t know what to do, pray about it. God will show you how he can use you for his good during this time! Even if he just puts it on your heart to pray for specific individuals and their families, you can report yourself as a PRAYER WARRIOR when you tell God your story!
Either way, have the courage to let this be a time in your life that you are excited and happy to share with God on the day you finally give your account. Stay blessed xo
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