The thing that is most fearful about taking a loan is that under certain conditions the bank can call in the balance that is due. What makes this scary is that it can happen at a time when you’re least prepared to handle it.
Jesus is like a banker in this way. We’re all given a life here on this earth. We can live it as we choose and we do. You can go around and blame someone else for the choices you’ve made, but ultimately, regardless of what happens, you make those choices.
You see life is a network of decisions.
There’s no doubt that both nature and nurture influence the decisions you make. You are born with a sin nature. So you will by choice, sin. Maybe you call these mistakes. It doesn’t matter. We live in a fallen world with fallen natures. So it goes.
The influence of nurture works this way. You grew up with people. They loved you. But they are sinners too. They’ll do some good things but they’ll also do some things that will mess you up. The decisions you make in response to what others do to you or have done are a reaction to those events. Again, whether it is conscious or not, you make the choice.
You have to do a bit of digging to get to the why so you can make new decisions. And ultimately you have to deal with Jesus to get a handle on winning over sinful habits.
Since we all make decisions that result in sinful behavior, we are responsible to God. He made the laws of the universe we live in. He made us too. He was here before we were and will be here long after we’re gone. And He being all-powerful and perfect has the right to define what is sin and what isn’t.
He also has the right to call in the debt.
This is the meaning of the imagery in Revelation 14:14-16. King Jesus gets out His sickle and harvests the earth. The sickle is the blade of judgment that cuts off those sinners who have reached their limit. Jesus cuts off any chance to add to the debt.
Notice there is no sifting here, just harvesting.
If you have trusted Jesus’ redemption for you, you’ve already been harvested. If you haven’t, there’s still time.