When I was a senior in high school, I was selected to represent my high school choir in the state honors chorus. The honors chorus people sent me a thick stack of sheet music, all of which I had to learn by the first rehearsal. 

The songs were the most difficult I had ever tried to sing. I had to learn Latin songs, and French songs and German songs. All these impossible languages that I knew I would never see again in my life. I practiced pronouncing every word and singing every note right up until the first rehearsal. 

On the day of the first rehearsal, they took all of us kids to the basement of the First Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. They organized us into our sections — soprano, alto, tenor and bass — and lined us up in rows, leaving enough space in front of each of us for the judges to walk past. Then they began the first song.

As we sang those impossible German lyrics, the judges walked by, listening to each of us as we sang together. If someone seemed to be missing his notes or fumbling her German, they took you into the side room, and made you sing solo. If you hadn't prepared, if you couldn't sing the songs, you went home. 

You know something? You can fake your part throughout your life. You can masquerade at ministry. You can go through the motions. You can mouth the words. And no one may notice. But one day, you will have to sing solo before Jesus Christ.

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:10:

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!

Suggested Bible Reading

Luke 21:34-36

Prayer Guide

Today as you pray  …

Consider these questions:

Do you know God or do you simply know about God?

Have you truly repented from your sin and put your faith in Christ Jesus?

Is your life producing spiritual fruit?