There’s a question that has been haunting me and daring me to write/teach/speak/preach about it for about 6 weeks now and you’ll hear it in some format from me sooner or later in detail. The question is:
What are we going to say to God when he asks us to give an account?
You see, there’s a book being kept on all of us- there’s an account and a record on high- right now that we all are going to have to speak on one day and the question hit me-
what are we going to say to God when he asks us:
Where you been?
What you been doing?
Did you see my church in need?
Was football more important than me?
Sunday was the only day to cut grass?
None of the Pastors that I sent your church were any count?
The answer to those questions is not the focus of this piece but it is something that’s kept me awake at night lately and I won’t rest comfortably until it’s been satisfied…the focus of this piece isn’t what we will say to God when he quizzes us but rather what he may say to us in return.
I’m watching Power right along with the rest of you and slowly and surely we see Angela softening her position-no longer is she the confident, cold, stone faced federal attorney that marched James St. Patrick out of his nightclub but now she’s questioning and reconsidering everything up to and including the guilt or innocence of the man who broke her heart. Angela discovers evidence exonerating James, makes a bold, career-risking move to secure his freedom and as she retreats from the witness stand- Jamie thanks her…to which she stops on a dime, whips her body towards him and snaps “don’t thank me, you didn’t do this one but you’re still guilty of others…” before returning to her seat.
*Show of hands*
All of you who believe that James St. Patrick is going to use this second chance to exit the drug industry, give his life to Christ and work with a non-profit organization in that big, rich town please raise your hand…in the words of my former Presiding Elder- “seeing hands, hearing no voices”…
We insult God when we thank him for his saving power but we do absolutely nothing to get out of the mess that we needed saving from in the first place.
God says don’t thank me for delivering you from Newports if your next stop is a nickel bag.
God says don’t thank me for ending your reliance on Alize’ if you’re planning a step up to Hennessy.
God says don’t thank me for keeping your family together if you’re just planning to move on to the next one in a different area code.
God says don’t thank me for the saving of your soul if you’re just going to return to where you lost it in the first place.
God says if you want a toy, you’d better go to the dime store.
God says “I’m not for play, play”.
God says the best way to thank me is to change.
God says quit like your name is Sean Spicer.
Walk away from the sin.
Lay aside the weight.
God says, then you can thank me later.
God’s Best Be With You Always,
Rev. Sterling J. Dowling