Man has one, and nought but one thing to be occupying himself with in this lifetime. He is to ‘prepare to meet thy God’, everything else is just noise and distraction. The problem is that the thought of this meeting can be very grievous to those who are not prepared.
This meeting happens in part in this lifetime, that is ‘now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face’. God may meet us in the here and now, and give us a true sight of who we are, and why we need Him, yet a visual sight of His very person is not afforded to us in this present body. For that we must wait until we stand before Him with our resurrected bodies. The resurrected body, whether prepared for damnation or glorification is the only body that can stand before God in all His glory. Even then, to look upon Him will be as to stare directly into the sun, the sight will be too magnificent for our senses to receive, and will cause some of us to bow our heads for the overwhelming glory of it, and others will bow their heads for the overwhelming shame caused by it.
‘Prepare to meet thy God!’ Has there ever been a more valuable instruction given? For meet Him we must, there will be no getting out of it. The question that is to be settled is ‘Will we meet Him as friend or foe?’, that is the great question afforded to all of mankind. Some try to reason away His existence to clear their consciences of the fact of this great meeting, others tend to religion as a salve for the conscience, still others simply don’t care. Yet meet Him we all must! For every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Some will do it out of love towards Him, and others will do it out of the overwhelming knowledge of impending damnation for rejecting Him. Either way meet Him we must, and bow we must. Therefore the thought of this meeting should cause us to occupy ourselves in this lifetime with preparing to meet God in the next.
If your mind is occupied with the very person and work of Christ, you will find that to be good for preparation; to be occupied with anything else you will find does not help you when your time comes to meet Him.
What is it that has you occupied? The thought of meeting God, or is it something else?
Amos 4:12…prepare to meet thy God…