Referring to my live shop feed, I’ve had a lot of people say to me “I don’t know if I could stand people watching everything I do….You’d have to be on your best behavior“, and you do. I don’t have much to hide or to worry about, if I compare myself to other people or other things you find on the internet. God sees everything anyway so shouldn‘t we be on our best behavior all the time. Even more than that He has seen even those secret sins that we’ve done. If that is the case I am in real big trouble. I have just about broken each of the 10 commandments. I’ve lied, stolen, blasphemed the name of God. He even sees those secret sins that the camera can’t pick up. He sees the hatred, which is like murder (see 1 John 3:15) and lust as adultery (Mat 5:28). You may be okay with keeping some of the commandments, but the bible says that if you’ve broken one your guilty of breaking them all.
Once we stop comparing ourselves to others and look at how God sees us, we quickly find out how guilty we are. Just as an earthly judge must punish the guilty, how mush more should a just and holy God punish the guilty. All liars, shall have their part in the lake of fire (Rev 21:8). No thieve shall inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor 6:10). Every idle word that men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment (Matt 12:36).
God did a wonderful thing for us so that we will not have to go to hell. He sent is only Son, Jesus, to pay that penalty for us, that sin debt that we can not pay. Jesus said that “I am the way the truth the life no one come to the father but through me”. God is not going to just forgive us, the debt must be satisfied. We can have those sins forgiven and enjoy eternal life, but we must repent (turn form our sins and our self, believing we can get ourselves to heaven) and put our trust in Him only. Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
I know this isn’t really a woodworking theme, but it is something that has been on my heart, but Jesus was a carpenter and He did die on a wooden cross. What a sacrifice.
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