(Matthew Mead, "The Almost Christian")
"God has set a day on which He is going to judge the world in
righteousness." Acts 17:31
Reader! Meditate much on the strictness and suddenness of that judgment-day, through which you must pass, into your everlasting state; wherein God, the impartial judge, will require an exact account at your hands of all your talents and blessings. You must then account . . .
for time—how you have spent that;
for estate—how you have employed that;
for strength—how you have laid out that;
for afflictions and mercies—how they have been improved;
for the duties—how they have been discharged;
and for means of grace—how they have been improved.
Look! how we have sowed here on earth—we shall reap for eternity!
Reader, these are things which above all others, deserve most of, and call loudest for—our utmost care and endeavors; though they are least minded, by most people.
Consider what a spirit of atheism (if we may judge the tree by the fruits—and the principle by the practice) the hearts of most men are filled with, who live, as if
God were not to be served,
nor Christ to be sought,
nor lust to be mortified,
nor self to be denied,
nor the Scripture to be believed,
nor the judgment-day to be minded,
nor hell to be feared,
nor heaven to be desired,
nor the soul to be valued;
but give up themselves to a worse than brutish sensuality, "Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more!" (Ephesians 4:19). This is a reflection fit enough to break our hearts!
"Know that for all these things God will bring you to judgment!" Ecclesiastes 11:9
"Remember, each of us will stand personally before the judgment seat of God!" Romans 14:10
"Don't be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap!" Galatians 6:7