Nowhere, that I’m aware of, in the New Testament part of the Bible (last third of the printed pages – excluding those nasty concordances they stick in the very back) does it say that on the day of judgment we’ll be asked about how many church services we attended, Bible studies we led or went to, how many songs we sang or Sunday School hours we logged. I can’t find anywhere that says that Jesus will toss random Bible trivia questions at us to test us to see if we get in or not. I don’t even find a single, solitary reference (sorry “Evangelism Explosion”) to a place where Jesus will say, “and why should I let you into my heaven?” where the correct response is, “only because you died for me.”
But I can read a whole description of that day by Jesus, or so it claims, when we’ll all be made to stand up and give an account that directly relates to whether we get in or we’re left out. On that day, according to Jesus, the only criteria will be feeding the hungry, giving a drink to the thirsty, showing hospitality to strangers, visiting prisoners and getting some clothes for someone who needs them.
And here’s the thought that mugged me: What are we, the church, spending most of our time doing?
Anyone out there want to help me with this?