Daily Dose, Sept. 29 — I Believe: The Apostles’ Creed

  His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” (Matthew 25:23)   We say on Sunday that I believe that Jesus “sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence he shall come to judge the quick (means living) and the dead.” The words have a serious edge about them, and it might be smart to pay attention to the statement that just crossed our lips. One day, you and I will stand before God to give an account of our lives. Your momma will not be there to plead your case. Your daddy cannot help you cross the River Jordan on that great “getting up” day. It’s in the Bible and found on enough pages to be fair warning to one and all. Our Lord Jesus did not mince words with people on this subject. The foolish rich man left bigger barns in his rearview mirror and met the God of big expectations. Jesus warned people who hurt children that they’d be better off with a concrete block tied around their neck and thrown into the deep blue sea. Jesus told the people of Capernaum and Bethsaida that there would be hell to pay for rejecting his message and ignoring his miracles. Have I got your attention? If such harsh language scares the hell out of you, then the bitter medicine did its job. The goal is to move everyone toward goodness and to keep our feet on the path to heaven. We live in a Ricky Bobby kind of world that likes to pray to the baby Jesus. News is that he grew up and suffered and died on a cruel cross and now sits right next to God the Father Almighty. Making a friend of Jesus right here and now might be the smartest thing we ever do. “Well done, good and trustworthy slave…enter into the joy of your master,” are the words we all want to hear when we get to the pearly gate. -- Y’all come, Dr. Don