When God created man and placed him in the Garden of Eden, He provided him with everything he needs for survival. Aside from the rich provisions, God has given man the ability to manage the resources entrusted to him, the authority to oversee everything and the accountability that goes with what is entrusted (2 Corinthians 5:10). The whole universe was designed by God to meet the things essentials for living. However, these provisions are given not only for our consumption and consummation but for the glory of God. The Bible states that “whether therefore you eat or drink or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Not only do we need to do all things for God’s glory but for His blessed name as well. We are told to do everything, by speech or by action, in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him (Colossians 3:17).
Between birth and death, God’s Word clearly spelled out we need to be occupied until He comes. Why? Simply because at the end of our earthly journey we will stand before Him to give account for everything He has entrusted to us. Indeed, just as people are destined to die once and after that to be judged (Hebrew 9:27 ISV).
In view of these undeniable truths, what is the best preparation we can make? What’s the wisest thing we can do to be well-prepared for eventualities? People may evade many things but not God. Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God (1 Corinthians 4:5). Needless to say, judgment is sure but in what areas are we required settling our account before our God, the certified perfect accountant.
For targeted and focused preparation, here are the seven areas in our lives that God will hold us accountable. These may not be the only area but at this point of time these are the ones mentioned in the Bible.
1. Time (seconds, minutes, hours, months, years) Psalm 90:12
From day one up to our last breath, God has numbered it all. We need to ask His wisdom so we may live our lives according to His wise and loving design.
2. Talent (gifts, skills, intelligence) Romans 12:6-8
God has bestowed various gifts that differ according to the grace given to us. Whatever is given we are admonish to use it in proportion to our faith.
3. Treasure (money, financial assets) 1 Timothy 6:17-19
We are warned not to set our hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God. It is God who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. If God has blessed us richly we are charged to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for ourselves as a good foundation for the future, so that we may take hold of that which is truly life.
4. Toil (work, ministries) Colossians 3:23
This passage instructed us that whatever we may find something to do, we will work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. We need to seek God’s approval not men’s applause.
5. Ties (relationships- blood, marriage, friends, foes) Matthew 18:21
It is said that when there are people there is bound to be trouble. It is probably in this context that Peter came up and said to Jesus, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.”
We are told to forgive in the same manner we have been forgiven.
6. Tongue (good words, bad words, idle words) Matthew 12:36-37
Are you able to remember every word that came out of your mouth? But the Bible has forewarned that, on the Day of Judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
7. Trip (leisure and pleasure) 1 Thessalonians 4:4
Pleasure and leisure are opportunities to unwind from the stressful life we are leading but we must know how to control our own body in holiness and honor.
How do we respond to the truth presented? The decision is yours to make but now is the time to prepare. The preparation we have done today will be revealed on judgment day. By then, there is no turning back.