What Kind of Person does God Accept and On What Basis Does He Do It?
Sermon shared by Larry Moyer
Summary: The people God accepts are ungodly people who trust in Christ alone to save them.
Audience: General adults
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A man who was not raised in the United States enlisted in the U. S. Army. Being a foreigner he had a difficult time with the English language. One day the troop was preparing for inspection and the men realized that unless they helped him, he could flunk the inspection simply due to his struggles with the English language. So one man took him aside and said, "In a few days an inspector is going to come around. Unless you are extremely careful you could flunk the entire inspection just because of your difficulty with the English language. So let me tell you the questions he will probably ask and the answers you must be prepared to give. Now the first question he will undoubtedly ask you is, “How long have you be in the Army?” When he asks that, answer, “Two years.” The second question he will undoubtedly ask is, “How old are you?” When he asks that, answer, “22.” The third question he will undoubtedly ask is, “Have you been receiving good food and good treatment?” When he asks that, simply say, “Both.” Two, twenty-two and both. As long as you can remember those three answers, you should have no problem. But just don’t forget two, twenty-two and both. Then you’ll have no trouble with the inspection, but whatever you do, don’t forget two, twenty-two and both. Just bear in mind two, twenty-two and both and you’ll have no trouble with the inspection, but whatever you do, don’t forget two, twenty-two and both." Sure enough, the inspection day arrived and the inspector came around. Sure enough he asked three questions. The only problem was he did not ask them in the order the foreigner was prepared to answer them. Instead, he walked up to him and said, "Now, I’d like to ask you a few questions, the first one is this. How old are you?" He answered, "Two years." The inspector said, "Well, how long have you been in the army?" He said, "Twenty-two years." Angry and red-faced, the inspector shouted, "Now, what do you think I am? An idiot or a fool?" The foreigner answered, "Both."
Now, I am certain all of us are glad that we weren’t standing in the shoes of that poor man on the day of inspection. And yet we are going to participate in a far greater inspection when we stand before the architect of the universe, the God of all things living and non-living and give an account of ourselves before God. The Bible says, "It is appointed unto man once to die and after this the judgment." It has been my experience that when you mention the day of judgment to people, their thoughts are varied. Some look forward to it and others fear it. Some feel hopeful, others feel hopeless. Some think they stand a chance, others wonder if they have any chance at all. But for the most part, when you mention the day of judgment to people, their thoughts are not pleasant. They dread the idea of standing before someone knowing their life will be as an open book before him. So for that reason, most people are as excited about the day of judgment as they get about making a dentist appointment. Some time ago a teenager called his dentist’s office and said, "I need to make an appointment." The receptionist answered, "The dentist is out of town. Could you call back again?" The teenager responded, "I’d be delighted to. When will he be out of town again?" And that’s how most feel about the day of judgment. It’s not something they look forward to.
And yet in one sentence,
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