According to legend, many years ago there lived a man in China who was accepted as a member of the Emperor’s orchestra through the help of an influential friend. He claimed to be accomplish flutist, though he couldn’t play a note. Things went well for a while. During concerts, he would hold the flute to his lips at the appropriate times and go through the motions of playing. Then one day the Emperor announced that he wanted to hear each member of the orchestra in a solo performance. The frightened man immediately made arrangements to take lessons, but they did little to help him. He thought about claiming to be ill on the day of his scheduled appointment, but he feared his deceit would be reported by the royal physician. So when the dreaded day for his recital arrived, rather being discovered for the fraud that he was, he took a fatal dose of poison. He was afraid to “face the music.”
The day is coming when all people will be called before the Lord for a “recital.” Believers “must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10). Unbelievers too will stand before God to be “judged according to their works” (Revelation 20:12). There’s no escaping it, not even through death. That’s why it is essential to accept Christ as our Savior and to live honestly before the Lord.
Yes, we all must face the music! – Richard W. De Haan
When we are called upon to stand
Before the Lord someday,
Will we anticipate His praise
Or dread what He will say? – Anon.
Live now as you will wish you had lived when you stand before God.
- March 28, 1988, Our Daily Bread