by Tony Nester

Each of Us Is Accountable to God
Tony Nester
Romans 14:7-13

On Palm Sunday we bowed the knee in gratitude to the
Lord Jesus Christ for coming to be our Savior.
Tonight we bow the knee for a different reason.

11} For it is written, "As I live, says the Lord,
every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall
give praise to God." {12} So then, each of us will be
accountable to God.

Tonight we bow because each of us is accountable to
the judgment of God. This is not judgment as to our
salvation. Paul wrote these words to Christians whose
salvation is secure in Christ. But though our
salvation is secure in Christ we are still accountable
to God for the kind of Christian we have been. In
other words, we have been forgiven, but we are still

The Bible encourages us to look at life now from the
perspective of Judgment Day. This isn't done to
frighten us but to help us make better decisions.
Often we make bad decisions because we're caught up in
what's happening right now and how we feel at the
moment. The Bible says to us, "Wait. What will this
decision look like 10, 20, 30 years from now? How
will you feel about yourself when you look back at
this from your deathbed? What will you say to God
about this decision when you bow before the judgment
seat of God?"

This is what Paul means when it writes:

"We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to
ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we
die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or
whether we die, we are the Lord's."

Everything we do is to be done remembering that we
belong to the Lord and one day will give an accounting
of what we have done with our lives.

Paul tells us that when we bow before the Lord in
judgment that high on our accountability list will be
how well we have treated one another, especially our
brothers and sisters in Christ.

{10} Why do you pass judgment on ...

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