Bible Reading: Genesis 3
Memory Verse: Genesis 3: 11
And He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
Hello everyone! God morning! How are you? I hope you are having a great evening? The weekend is here again!! Wooahh!! I am sure you are very excited and looking forward to this break. What are your plans this weekend? I will be spending time with family and sleeping. Yup, sleeping! During the week, I haven’t slept much so this is my opportunity to sleep for long hours.
Today’s message is Part 10 of The Genesis Story. Yup! Can you believe it? We are already on Part 10. So far, personally, the journey has been exciting, insightful and encouraging. I have learnt so much from these messages. A lot of you might think that I must be some overly holy person, but that’s quite the contrary. I am also learning from these messages like each and every single one of you. These messages are on topics or issues that God wants me to work on as well. God is using me us a vessel to not only speak to myself but to all of you out there reading this message today. God bless you for taking the time to read it.
In today’s message we would be looking at ACCOUNTABILITY. Many people think that they are not accountable for the actions they make. This is quite the contrary. You are accountable for every thought you make, every action you make and everything that comes out of your mouth. You might wonder why? Well, every action you take, every thought you make and every word you utter was a choice. It was a choice to say “Good morning!” to your teacher this morning when you went to class. It was a decision to wear the clothes you wore today. You are accountable for all these “little” decisions. Why? Because there was a reason that caused you to do that specific thing. So at the back of your mind, when you are making any decisions or taking any actions; know that you are accountable for all of them. One day, you would be asked to give the reasons why you made those decisions. Don’t live your life recklessly because you have to answer for it.
In Genesis 3, we see that Adam and Eve were accountable for their action- eating from the tree God told them not to eat. They were accountable for their actions. Yup! They had to answer to God why exactly they ate from that tree. They gave their reason; which was that the serpent tricked woman into eating the fruit. She in turn gave it to her husband. At the time they were eating the fruit, I am sure they both did not know that they were going to be accountable for their actions. Do you think that if they knew that they will be accountable and punished they would have done what they did? I think that they would not have done it. Now God has made that clear to us, so we are not supposed to be repeating the same actions as Adam and Eve. We must learn from it.
One thing I want to say before moving on to the second part of this message is that, accountability is followed by a reward or a punishment. Mhmm. If you do something wrong, you would be punished and held accountable. If you do something good, you would be rewarded and held accountable. So before you do anything, have the end game in mind. Would the thing you are about to do bring you rewards from God or bring punishments from God.
The second part of this message is about owning up to God. Yes! We all have to own up when we are wrong. When we do something wrong, we must realise what we have done wrong and own up to our mistakes. Why do you that we are always encouraged to own up to our mistakes? This is because when you own up to your mistakes, you have thought- through and realized that you have made a mistake. When you own up to your mistake, you are ready to change from your old ways. When you own up to your mistakes, you are ready to ask for forgiveness. These are not very easy steps to make.
For example, your phone gets missing at your office place. You search tirelessly to find it. You then make an announcement to your fellow colleagues that whoever has the phone or has seen the phone should own up and return the phone. In such a case, if you are the one who stole the item you would or never be able to own up. Why is that? Because of the shame it will bring to you and ripple effect of people not trusting you at the work place.
With God, you must own up to your mistakes. You might ask, “Does God not see everything?” “Doesn’t He know and see when you are wrong?” The answer to both questions are yes. God wants us to own up because by owning up we are showing Him that we admit that we are wrong. We are showing Him that we have made the decision to face the consequences that comes with our actions. God does this because this walk with Him is optional. Salvation is optional. He has done everything for those who are willing to believe. So in the same way, He wants us to choose to come to Him when we are wrong. He does this because He loves us. He wants to gives us an opportunity because He is a merciful God. He has done this because if not, when it is too late, He would not be as forgiving.
In the Bible reading, we see that Adam owned up after he and Eve had sinned. Do you not think God knew? He did. The Bible says God knew us before we were born. He knows all the things that are going to take place in your life before they happen. God gave Adam the chance to own up to his mistakes so see if He would make the decision to still follow God. Adam could have decided to ignore God and hide from Him. Imagine the gravity of the punishment man would have received if Adam had not made the decision to own up? It would have been disastrous.
Just like accountability, when we own up to God, we get rewarded or punished. If whatever we own up to is good, then God rewards us. If it is vice versa, then He punishes us. So I am here to encourage you to own up to God for all wrong and right things you have done. He would reward when what you have done is good. But He would punish you when what you have done is wrong. This punishment is out of love because He loves us so much that He doesn’t want us to suffer. His punishments are not things that we cannot do, but are things that would push out of our comfort zone and stretch us. At times, they could be blessings in disguise. Amen!
I hope this message has been a blessing to you! If you read this message and want to be part of this family, please repeat this prayer with all sincerity.
I come to you today as a sinner. I admit that I am a sinner. I believe that Jesus is your Son and He came on to this earth to die for my sins. Dear Lord, let your Son come and fill me. Lord, I ask that He cleanses me off my sins. I am ready to stand for you and profess your Name. Thank you Lord. Amen.
If you said this prayer, congratulations! You are now part of God’s family. Heaven is jubilating by your welcome. Hallelujah! Now, I would encourage you to get yourself a Bible- in a version that you understand. Read it constantly. By doing this, you would be able to know and understand God better; as well as grow Spiritually. I will encourage you to find a Bible- believing church to attend, so that you can fellowship with other Christians.
To my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, remember that you are accountable for all that you do here on earth. So be wise in everything you do. Ask God for His help, so that you may be able to do everything that is pleasing to Him. Always own up for everything you do. Do not be scared. We serve a loving and just God. He will not do anything to hurt you. All He will do to you is for your good and to make you stronger. Through His punishment, He can enable you to testify to the world of how awesome and great He is.
Have a wonderful night and let God inspire you.
Dear Lord, I thank you for this day. I pray that you protect me and my family this night. In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
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