Romans 14:12 – Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. (NLT)

A boy was sent by his father to quickly get him food from the restaurant. The boy hurriedly went, but on his way back, he got carried away and began playing football with friends. The boy left the food in the care of unknown people and completely forgot about his father’s errand. Consequently, the child played his heart out, and when night came, the owner of the ball picked it up. Game over, it’s time for everyone to go home! It was at that moment that the boy remembered he was sent to buy food. He quickly rushed to where he kept the food, but goats had eaten it, so he sorrowfully picked up the plates.

All the excitement of the game had disappeared, and the ball itself was gone. Time had passed and the restaurants were closed! Regrets took over as the boy slowly walked home. He left the house excited with a clean plate but returned with a dirty empty plate! The boy knew the implications of his actions and that his dad would rebuke him.

Beloved, we have a home and a father to return to—never get distracted. Don’t join people in doing things at the wrong times; they won’t be there when you give an account to God, as seen in today’s Bible reading. Always remember that you are sent here on earth for an assignment and that your father is waiting. This ball you are busy playing with will be picked up by the owner when the evening comes. The crowd will disappear, and you will be left alone to report to your maker. What will you tell Him?


Hymn: Work, for the Night Is Coming – Anna L. Coghill (1854)

1. Father, help me to fulfil my divine and physical mandate, never to be distracted.


1. Any evil, done to me in my dream and now manifesting in the physical. Scatter by fire!

2. Thou horn of the wicked, pointed at me, my family and the church. Catch fire and destroy your owners.

3. I decree that I shall not forfeit the grace of God over my life, family, career, and calling!


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