An undergraduate knows whether he or she is doing well in academics and can easily tell if he or she will graduate with good grade based on every semester result.
A first class student knows he or she is having first class before the CGPA is released by the school. This is because he or she has been taking notes of every result that is released per semester and calculating the CGPA manually.
Any student who doesn’t bother about his or her semester result and just hope that the final result will be okay, usually ends up with disappointment.
So, why do Christians live their lives and just hope they will make heaven, without trying to get frequent report from the Examiner?
How do you improve your life when you do not know if there is a need for improvement? How do you correct an error if you do not know that you are in error?
Why do we assume that we are on the right path or we are doing exactly what God wants us to do when we have not received any periodic feedback from God?
Apostle Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:7-8 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.”
How did Paul know he had fought a good fight? Was he just assuming as we do today?
It is risky to live a life of assumption when it comes to eternity. That risk is too much for any right-thinking person to take. I always hear people say, on the last day, we will know who is serving God, we will know who will make heaven. My dear, that is a naive thing to say.
May I let you know that there are people who receive their report card on daily basis. Call it End Of Day Report.
How do you fast and pray for 100 days and no single word from God to you personally and you are okay with yourself?
Many times you hear your pastor say “God told me this, God told me that”. Are you erroneously assuming that God speaks to him because he is a pastor?
If you have been in a church for long time and you have heard your pastor many times say God spoke to him and he never told you how you too can hear from God. It means he hears by chance and does not know how to hear. Or he does not want you to have such relationship with God. Whichever it is, you should have a second thought about that church.
The essence of church, is to link you directly to God and help you grow in that direction. Church is not a middle office between you and heaven. It is an embassy that facilitates your direct relationship with God.
Jesus said in Matthew 7:22-23
“On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’”
The above set of people never cared about a regular feedback from God whose assignment they were supposed to carry out. They were using self-will and not the will of God.
It is important to have a personal relationship with God if we do not want to be disappointed when you meet Him.
Please, get to know God personally. Tomorrow may be too late.