Summary: God will examine our hearts as well as our actions, and will judge us fairly based on how we lived this life. So let’s look at these verses in Romans 2 and see if we’re ready for Payday.
Payday Is Coming!
Intro: A pastor of a small church once received the following letter signed by “A Faithful Member”:
You often stress attendance at worship as being very important for a Christian, but I think a person has a right to miss Sunday worship now and then. I think every person ought to be excused for the following reasons and the number of times indicated:
• Christmas (Sunday before or after)
• New Year (Party lasted too long)
• Easter (Get away for holidays)
• July 4 (National holiday)
• Labor Day (Need to get away)
• Memorial Day (Visit hometown)
• School Closing (Kids need break)
• School Opens (One last fling)
• Family Reunions (Mine & wife’s)
• Sleep late (Saturday night activities)
• Deaths in Family (Average two per year)
• Anniversary (Second honeymoon)
• Sickness (One per family member)
• Business Trips (A must)
• Vacation (Three weeks)
• Bad Weather (Ice, snow, rain, clouds)
• Ball games (Six per season)
• Unexpected Company (Can’t walk out)
• Time changes (Spring ahead; fall back)
• Special on TV (Super Bowl, etc.)
Pastor, that leaves only two Sundays per year. So, you can count on us to be in church on the fourth Sunday in February and the third Sunday in August—unless providentially hindered.
A Faithful Member [Freddy Fritz, sermoncentral.com]
-We smile at a letter like this because we recognize it for what it is. It is merely an excuse for avoiding worship. We are all guilty of making excuses for one thing or another. But excuses won’t work when we stand before God. He will examine our hearts as well as our actions, and will judge us fairly based on how we lived this life.
-So let’s look at these verses in Romans 2 and see if we’re ready for Payday.
1. God will reward those who do good (6-7, 10-11)
6 God "will give to each person according to what he has done."
7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.
10 … glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 11 For God does not show favoritism.
-Those who do persistently do good will be rewarded with good. What will they receive? Eternal life, glory, honor, and peace. Those who do what is right will live forever. The glory refers to God’s glory that will shine on them, as they enjoy His presence forever. Honor speaks of God’s approval and blessing. Peace seems to indicate the peace that will be found in heaven – no more turmoil, pain, sin, or death. These things and more await those who do the right things in this life.
-Now, if we left it at that, a lot of people might include themselves in this category. After all, they do good things. Perhaps they are generous, mostly honest, hardworking, and like to help other people. But here’s the problem. They may do some good things, but they also do bad things. And good deeds do not cancel out bad ones.