The Next Step

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.” (Romans 12:1)

Right at this point, Paul separates Christians into two distinct categories: There are those who have dedicated their lives totally to God, and there are those who haven’t.

Scripture makes it very clear that God does not group all Christians together in one large bunch; but there are different categories of Christians in Scripture that the Lord is very careful to distinguish.

In Revelation chapter three, there are Hot Christians, there are cold Christians, and there are also lukewarm Christians. In 1 Corinthians chapter 3, there are Spiritual Christians and there are carnal Christians. There are those who are spiritually mature and those who have never matured and are spiritual babes. There are those who are going the whole way with God and those who are going their own way. There are those whose life’s work will amount to gold, silver and precious stones and others whose life will amount to wood, hay and stubble. There are Christians who are overcomers and there are those who are overcome by the world, the flesh and the devil. There are those who will be great in the Kingdom of heaven and those who will be the least. There are those who will be greeted with the words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant,” and others who will be ashamed when they stand before Him at the Judgement Seat of Christ (1 John 2:28).

What are you doing with your life that is going to make a difference in eternity? When you stand before the judgment seat of Christ, what will you be able to look back on and say this is what, by God’s grace, I’ve accomplished for the kingdom of God?

Morris Hull