Summary: This is a soul searching sermon. Even born again Christians will want to examine their TRUE relationship with God. ARE YOU A CHILD OF GOD? Are you?
The Day After Tomorrow
Zephaniah 1: 14-18
When you start your day, what is some first things you think of? I know that I think of things that need to be done . . . There are always chores around the house to get done. And yes, as you go to your job, what you did not finish the day before or Friday, you must go back to the “Grind stone.” Now there are some things that we do not like to think of and that is facing the IRS for another year, paying our land taxes for another year, even spring cleaning and wonder where we got all that junk . . . And by the way, isn’t it interesting that we call what we bought new even less that a year ago we now call it junk . . .
Anyway, all those things we don’t like to think on. Then there is a time coming when our Lord will appear. The scripture refers to as “The GREAT day of the Lord.” Now anything great is supposed to be exciting right? Well, how would you rate this day? Being a born again Christian, we say things like “boy I really to get home sick for heaven.” or, I cannot wait until I see my loved ones and spend eternity with them.” “WOW” want it be great!” Well, what about that day, that GREAT day? Will you be happy to see the Lord? I want to think I will be so happy to see Him. Because that will be a day when this life as we know it will pass away. That will be a day when all sorrow and pain will all be gone, that will be a day when death will be no more. Nevertheless, that will also be a day when we stand before God Himself and give an account of how we used our time here on earth for the Lord.
Yes, God has forgiven your sins, yes, God has written your name in the Lamb’s book of life. Nevertheless, when YOU stand before Him on that GREAT day, what will He reveal to you? I believe we will think things like: “Boy . . . I hope He don’t remember that time when I didn’t tell that person about the Lord, and God opened the door for me to talk to them but I was afraid I would offend them.”
Well, guess what, He will remember that day. He will remember that night when you went to your unsaved friend’s house and watched a movie, or had supper, or just for a pleasant visit . . . Although they knew you were a child of God, you never once said anything to them about their soul.
Jesus put it like this: If you are ashamed of me I will be ashamed of you before my Father which is in heaven. We think computers are smart . . . children, you’ve not seen anything yet! On that GREAT day, will you be glad to see Him?
Verse fifteen...That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, . . . I do believe that it is talking about a day that God will take vengeance on the sinner. That will be a dreadful day indeed. So looking at it in that light, can you think of someone that is near and dear to your heart that is lost in sin? When is the last time you talked to that loved one about their soul? Oh yeah, by the way, Christ says in essence: If you did not tell them about God, that their blood will be required at your hand.
Eze:3:18: When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
Eze:3:20: Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
Eze:33:6: But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.
Eze:33:8: When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.