Romans 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
Every believer will stand before the Lord Jesus Christ to give an account for his stewardship while living upon this earth. Perhaps no one understood this quite like the apostle Paul. He was the apostle of the Gentiles (Romans 11:13) and had a special calling as a steward “of the mysteries of God” (1 Corinthians 4:1). He spoke often about the fact that the gospel had been put in his trust (1 Thessalonians 2:4; 1 Timothy 1:11; Titus 1:3). The apostle Paul feared what would happen if he failed to fulfil his stewardship (1 Corinthians 9:16-17) because he knew a time of accounting faced all believers including himself. Though Paul’s calling was special, the fact that he would give an account was not unique to him only.
- (For children): God sees and examines all that we do (Psalm 11:4; Psalm 33:13-15; Jeremiah 32:19). We will give an account to Him (Matthew 12:36; 2 Corinthians 5:10). The Bible warns us to be good stewards (Luke 12:42-43; 1 John 2:28).
- (For everyone): How are your responsibilities different from Paul’s? How are some of your responsibilities similar to those of the apostle Paul? How are you fulfilling your responsibilities?
- What do you know about the time when you will give an account to the Lord? How should this knowledge cause you to be more faithful in your stewardship?
- Ask God to constantly remind you of the account to be given.
- Thank God for the privilege of serving Him.
SONG: TRIUMPH BY AND BY
Quotes from the next volume
(VOLUME 4, WEEK 45)
Subject: Strength (con’t)
At times, the Lord strengthens the hands of His enemies in order to bring about His desired plan in the lives of His own people.
The Lord looks for opportunities “to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him” (2 Chronicles 16:9).