When All The Façades Are Stripped Away

Article written by Brother Bledsoe

Then Paul, looking earnestly at the council, said, “Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.”
Acts 23:1

With clear, solid eye contact, the first words Paul said to the assembled Jewish religious leaders were, “I have live in all good conscience before God to this day.”

He wanted his audience to know that he was committed to his spiritual and moral choices that had resulted in his trial before them. He was ready to stand before God and be accountable for his choices and actions. Inherent in Paul’s statement, of course, was the challenge: were they ready?

After Paul’s (Saul’s) conversion on the Damascus Road he was totally committed to Christ Jesus. His entire life from that point on was wrapped up in his words, “Lord…what would you have me to do.” From then on, he would preach Christ crucified and Him glorified. He would live his life to glorify God, exalt the name of Jesus and proclaim the “good news,” the gospel.

What Are You Going To Say?

If I had to stand before God or man and give an account of my life, what would I do or say? Could I say to man that “I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day?” Have I lived my life to glorify God? Or, have I sought the praise of man and desired to accomplish more than my peers for pride’s sake? When all of the facades are stripped away and there is no more pretense to be made. All that will matter is “I have lived with a clear conscience before God, whether man is pleased with me or not.

We will all stand before Christ at His Judgment Seat (the Bema) and give an account for the deeds that we have done in this life. Our deeds will be tested with fire. If our deeds are “wood, hay or stubble,” they will be burnt up and amount to nothing. If they are as “gold, silver, or precious stones,” they will stand. The simple question is this, are we living our lives to glorify God? Are our motives pure? Can we say that we have lived and are living with a clear conscience before God? Let’s live life abundantly through Christ Jesus and glorify our Lord in the process. Amen and amen.

Pastor Jim Bledose - Prayer ministry and weekly devotion author at Life Church in Phoenix
Brother Bledsoe
Prayer Ministry | Weekly Devotion
Share This Article

Subscribe to receive straight to your inbox.

Keep Reading

Nothing Positive Ever Came Out Of Their Mouth

We must not arise in the morning and say, “Good Lord it’s morning.”  Rather, we must say, “Good morning, Lord” and go about our day rejoicing that Christ is our Savior, our hope and our soon coming King.  When we do that, we will have a blessed day.

Read More »

A Time For This, That, And The Other

God says it and it is said.  God’s plan has been made from eternity past to eternity future.  It is like history spoken in advance.  It is  happening as He said it would be, so, keep your trust in God and God alone and to God be all the glory.

Read More »

The Back Side Of The Desert

God sent Moses to deliver the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage; He sent His Son to deliver us from the bondage of sin and death. Let us praise Him as David did because He does forgive all our iniquities and He does heal all our diseases.

Read More »

More Articles >>

Post Categories

stay informed!

Event updates are sent out weekly on Monday mornings.

Subscribe To Receive Life Church News & Articles

* indicates required
Please select which articles you would like to receive. You may choose more than one!