“Just as man is destined to die once, and after that face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.” – Hebrews 9:27-28
All people live, then die, and then must stand before the Lord and be held accountable for all of our actions. Jesus died once to take away every sin for all time that is confessed and laid down before Him. When He returns, it will be to welcome all who are waiting, into our eternal home in heaven with Him.
Though we are saved by grace and not by works, we are expected to keep short accounts with our Creator. We must confess, so that He can cleanse us from our faltering and restore right relationship with our Redeemer. Not one of us knows the number of our days, so it is indeed necessary to invest our time, our very lives in submission to our Savior, so that we may be ever ready to see Him face to face.
He does not expect perfection, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23 Yet, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – I John 1:9
When we are purified, we are prepared. If we are prepared, we are present, and ever aware of His presence in all things and at all times.
I want to be ever ready to be received into His eternal embrace, so I must therefore come before Him continually, and be quick to confess when I get caught up in sin, so that I may grasp the great grace that God constantly conveys to us as we ask.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Christ’s sacrifice is ever sufficient to cover and cleanse me of my sin. Please forgive me, Father, for every word, thought and deed that has not brought glory unto You. Teach me Lord, to be quick to recognize and confess, so that I may be seen as clean before You, and become a clearer reflection of You. Just as You are always faithful to forgive us, may we also be faithful to extend forgiveness to others. May the mercy and grace we offer to others, mirror Yours, so that You may be clearly seen and given all glory. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present