[Papercut Press Publishing]1999-03-29 - If I Only Had a Brain

Romans 1:18-32 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them..." (NASB)

I am fond of saying this to myself when I do something stupid. I imagine Greg Zeoli said the same thing to himself when he went for his first day of "on the job training" as a state police dispatcher in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He logged into the computer to start his training on the police records computer system and the computer immediately matched his name with an outstanding arrest warrant he had against him. He was arrested.

You have to ask yourself, "What was he thinking?" This is also a question I wonder about folks I see everyday. What are people thinking? What is on their mind? How come we never hear much about how close any of us are to standing face to face with God? Death is so final, judgment is so severe, what are people thinking?

Romans 1:18-32 is a very powerful passage. It tells us that the masses around us do know the truth of God, but suppress it in unrighteousness. So what are they thinking? I can not help but wonder if Satan has not gotten a hold of them and has them thinking that there will not be a day of judgment, that they will not one day stand face to face with their creator.

The devil does not have to get most of us on heroin or looking at porn on the web to get us to forget the day of judgment is one, two, ten, 155, 11034...., breaths away. Satan only needs us to become over-preoccupied with the world, with our earthly lives, to forget that this one monumental day is coming when we shall meet our maker.

And so people forget, and they live each day as if these days will pile up endlessly and live on forever, and they will never get caught. Just like Greg Zeoli. I bet when he went to work for the state police that first day he never thought he would get caught, but he did. I can not help but wonder how many will fall in judgment crying in fear before God, "If I only had a brain. I never thought it would really come to this."

Christians are not off the hook either. Brothers and sisters, we all know better than to get caught up in the world, and yet, to some extent we ALL do it. We all know we live for a heavenly world, that we are ambassadors here only, 2 Corinthians 5:20, but we also forget that one day we will give an account, Matthew 25:31-46.

The world does get its hooks into us, and we often go on living, thinking, believing, and hoping that we will never get caught. But that is a farce. Worldliness does catch up with us because it displeases God. It is unwise to displease God. It is wise to live faithfully and to serve God with all our lives, holding nothing back, including the ties and controls that this world brings upon us.

Scripture is abundantly clear about the rewards of serving God and the folly of rejecting Him and his ways. May we not only believe it to be so, but also live accordingly.

Soli Deo Gloria,