When we die, we will be judged by how we lived our faith. Yet, there is another judgment that awaits us. The final judgment.
When we die, we are immediately judged on the consequences of our actions, if we have chosen the wide and easy road, or the narrow and difficult one. God respects all of our decisions, even those that lead us away from him. Even though he is hurt every time we offend him, or sin, his gift of free will remains.
- If we choose to remain faithful, to make decisions that lead us to holiness, then he welcomes us in to Heaven.
- If we choose to be faithful, but have not reached holiness, we are purified so that we may stand in the presence of God’s divine perfection.
- And if we choose to be unfaithful, to reject God’s mercy and purposefully offend him in grievous ways, we die separated from him. God respects those decisions and allows you to live eternally in the only place in creation where his presence is hidden.
But, that is not our only judgment. There is another one.
The final judgment.
This is where Jesus returns in his Second Coming. Here God will evaluate not only our lives, but the effect of our lives on creation. The ripple effect of our time here will resonate and be visible to all.
This is when we see if what we did here really had any divine effect. It will show the furthest consequences of the good each person had done or failed to do.
So, when you look at the decisions of your life, not only look at how they will effect your moral life, but the moral life of others.
What if, out of anger or selfishness, you bad mouth a priest or pastor publicly and that plants a seed of doubt in someone’s mind. That person loses faith and the loss of that faith continues for generations, touching thousands of souls.
Do you want that to be your ripple in divine time?
What if, instead, you selflessly show your faith through your deeds? What if you are overt in your beliefs, by living them daily? By helping the poor? By feeding the hungry? By raising your children to know and live the faith?
And what if that touches one person’s life to grow in faith and that faith spreads to their children and continues for generations.
Wouldn’t you want that to be your ripple in divine time?
God calls us to be selfless every moment of every day. That includes living in a way that not only benefits our soul, but the souls of others.
Then, on that Final Judgment, when the Book of Life is revealed, our names will be emboldened in its pages.