The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather from his kingdom everything that causes sin as well as all lawbreakers. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. The one who has ears had better listen!
Matthew 13:41-43 NET
This phrase, “The one who has ears had better listen!,” doesn’t usually get translated to English with the urgency that the original language requires.
The NET Bible website shares their note on this phrase as, “ The translation “had better listen!” captures the force of the third person imperative more effectively than the traditional “let him hear,” which sounds more like a permissive than an imperative to the modern English reader. This was Jesus’ common expression to listen and heed carefully (cf. Matt 11:15, 13:9; Mark 4:9, 23; Luke 8:8, 14:35).”
So Jesus was telling those who were listening and those who read this in future generations, to pay special attention!
There is a day of reckoning coming! It is so unlike anything ever known on the Earth. The righteous and the sinful will be separated!
If you care at all, then you need to realize what righteousness means to Jesus! Not to someone posting something on Facebook. Not to someone who once told you a convincing story. Not to what some preacher said when you were a kid. Not even to what you “think” a loving and caring God should be.
You need to read and live by what the Word of God says righteousness is. Period!
When the day of reckoning comes, it will be too late! You won’t get a second chance! You won’t be able to say, “but this person said…”
You are responsible! You are accountable! What does the Word of God say about being right with God and living for Him?
Don’t play with this! It is the most important thing you will ever do!
Get right with God!
Father, let everyone who reads this understand the importance of living their life for You. Help them to know You and grow in You and look forward to the day of Jesus’ return with excitement, not dread.