Many of us can think of times in our lives when there was “that day”. The day of a big test in school or college. The day when you had to pass some certification or exam related to your work. Or perhaps that day when the results of a medical test would be revealed and discussed. We recently had a “that day” in our family. Hannah received her driver’s permit in June of last year. While she started slow, the last few months have resulted in many hours of Hannah driving while Amy and I patiently (ok, not always!) gave her instruction from the passenger seat. Finally the day of her driver’s test arrived. It was “that day”. Unfortunately, though she did great in every thing else, her parallel parking wasn’t up to par and she received the sad news that she had failed. This resulted in a new day of reckoning a week and a half later. After many, many practice runs of parallel parking, the day finally arrived. Now she really felt the pressure but, thankfully, she nailed the test this go-around. Look out! haha
While we all have many pivotal days in our lives, in Paul’s second letter to Timothy we are reminded of the most important day to be ready for. In chapter 1, verse 12 we read, “For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” He follows that up by writing in verse 18, referring to Onesiphorus, “The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day.” In these two verses we read direct references to “that day”. What is Paul referring to? I think it’s pretty clear he is referring to the day we each stand before God and give some type of an account of our lives. Certainly as Christians we don’t have to worry about being judged for our sins as they have been taken care on the day we were saved and robed in Christ’s righteousness. However, there will still be a day of reckoning for us as Christians as we are held accountable for how we have lived our lives here in this earth. May each of us soberly consider the soon-coming reality of that day.