In the end it will not matter

Whether we’ve achieved all in our life,

Because blessed is the soul who is forgiven

Where God’s mercy will suffice.

In the end it simply will not count

If we’ve made a successful living,

But rather whether our heart was right with God

And whether it was forgiving.

God won’t look at our possessions

To give us an applause,

But will look at the hidden motives within

And whether we were inspired by His cause.

In the end it will not matter

Whether our externals were correct,

Because everything ages and will sag

And our beauty they’ll forget.

It’s the motives of the heart He watches

And whether the new birth we did see,

To become reconciled with God through Christ

To be who we were created to be.

In the end we all will stand

To individually give account,

Let’s ensure we are covered by Christ

And to present all that will count.

The end of the race

Is really what will matter,

And unless we’re trained to endure the pain

Our dream of winning can be shattered.

It’s a long and narrow path

Where all baggage cannot sustain,

Nor can enter through the eye of the needle

Where only an imperishable crown remains.

(C) P.B. 2021

“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.  Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.”  Psalm 32:1-2

“And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us.  And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”  Colossians 2:13-14

“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize?  Run in such a way that you may obtain it.  And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things.  Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.”  1 Corinthians 9:24-25

“For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy towards those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.  As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him.”  Psalm 103:11-13

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:  Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies..”  Psalm 103:2-4

“Repent, and let every one of you be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”  Acts 2:38

“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’” John 3:3

“He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 10:39