Sovereignty and Judgement

Personal Sovereignty is our inalienable right (something that cannot be taken from us) to stand before God. And that’s profound because it gives us an amazing personal value when we can stand before one who is of much greater authority than kings, presidents, magistrates, media magnates, military leaders and power brokers. I sense that if we could grasp the true significance of this incredible personal privilege it would impact our entire life. 

Another way of capturing a glimpse of our personal sovereignty is to consider what happens in judgement. I’m not talking about what happens in your nation’s judicial system, but what happens at the end of time when everyone is judged before God. What happens is that, as I just gave it away, “everyone is judged before God”. 

Did you get that? Did you catch the awesome significance of that fact? 

If you were some lesser being then your parents might stand before God on your behalf, discuss your behaviour and make a deal. They may come up with a plea-bargain or some other construct, to which you are not really a party, but simply a pawn. If you were ‘owned’ by someone else then they could make you pay for things you didn’t do, or they could negotiate on your behalf, striking whatever deal they choose to make.

But that is NOT what happens at the Great White Throne of Judgement. On that day YOU stand before God, on your own, accounting for yourself, because you are a Sovereign Citizen. And, it’s not that you have something over everyone else. We ALL get to stand accountable before God, because we are all sovereign citizens. We all have the same right and privilege to stand before God and account for ourselves before Him. We each have the same opportunity to come before God and make a personal commitment that gives us the same eternal privilege that everyone has access to. 

Your social standing, education, income, ethnicity, physical prowess or disability have no relevance when it comes to your personal sovereignty. Wicked King Ahab was advised of God’s judgement due to come upon him (see 1Kings 21:20-29). He was evil and deserved to be destroyed. But when he turned to God in prayer, even he was given a concession by God. He was worthy of destruction, yet he still had personal sovereignty and the right to come to God. 

That’s how every one of us can come to God as a sinner. We are worthy of God’s eternal damnation, but we have the gift of personal sovereignty so we can come to God and ask Him for the grace which is ours through Christ Jesus. It’s as available to Saddam Hussein and Osama BinLaden as readily as it is to us. Even they, for their evils, have the right to stand before God and do business with Him. 

I pray that you grasp something of the awesome possibilities God provides to you by allowing you to stand before Him and do business with Him. You are not subservient to anyone. Others will not determine your eternal destiny for you. You are given the grace to stand before God and to ask Him for what you will. He is not at your behest – you cannot make Him do what He does not want to do – but you can meet with Him and let Him do business with you. 

Touching Lives

This is a posting I made on another site and thought I would share with you. Many years ago, when I was a young sales rep, I found myself sitting in a high-powered office overlooking Sydney Harbour, in front of the Advertising Manager of an International Cosmetics company. In the minutes that followed I sensed that this man had something troubling him.

I had been praying that God would give me opportunities to share about Him with people. After shifting in my seat for a while I ventured to ask if there was something bothering him. He said, “Yes”, and then he poured out about his wife leaving him and his life being in a mess.

I suggested that he needed God. He didn’t throw me out of his office, but looked like he wanted to hear more. So I explained why we need Christ and God’s forgiveness. I explained the wonder of relationship with God.

Then, with a gulp, I asked him if he wanted that kind of help in his life. He said, “Yes”. I led him through the sinner’s prayer, anxious that I get him to pray all the right things. I stumbled my way through to the “Amen”.

I looked up, itchy with discomfort. He just sat there with his head bowed, for what seemed like ages. Then he slowly lifted his head and looked at me. He said, “That was an amazingly emotional experience.” Well it sure was for me – I was exhausted by it all. But there he was, touched by the hand of God. 

I never saw him again. I was just a boy and he was a high-powered executive. I have no idea what came of him after that amazing encounter. But experiences like that have given me a strong taste for helping people. Touching lives is a privilege we all want to have – and touching lives with the love and power of God is an exciting moment for us all.