The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.  For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil. —Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

            The duty or responsibility of man is to “fear God and keep his commandments.”  We are not talking about being legalistic.  No, but Jesus said, “Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them” (John 14:21).  A love for God is the motivation for obedience to Him. “In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome” (I John 5:3).

            Most people do not have a healthy fear of God which is seen in their lovelessness toward Him and toward people.  Instead of being obedient to Him they go about practicing rebelliousness against Him. 

Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. —Romans 1:28:32

But all people will come to the same conclusion to this life— they will all die.  We are told that “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).  Yes, whether people deny this or not, all will appear before God to give an account of their lives.  For those who know Jesus this will happen at the “judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad” (II Corinthians 5:10).  These followers of Jesus will have their work tested and “If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames” (I Corinthians 3:14-15). 

Those who do not know the Lord Jesus will be at the Great White Throne judgment where their deeds will be judged and “Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15).  Remember that “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13).  Death… then judgment… nobody is getting away with anything.  God will have the final say… and it is an eternal say.  Get right with Him now!

Dear Father please help me to be thankful and faithful to You above all else.  May this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.

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