God Will Hold Us Accountable For Every Second,
Word, Penny, Deed, Keystroke And Thought

Matthew 12:36, “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”

By David J. Stewart | October 2013

       The Bible teaches that God will judge all mankind for even the most seemingly insignificant things. Romans 14:10-12, “But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”

Men, women and youth will be required by God to give account for every word, every thought, every deed, every penny they've earned or obtained immorally, how they spent every penny, every person they hurt, every feeling they hurt, every second they wasted, every keyboard keystroke, every mouse click, et cetera. God will hold us all accountable for everything! It's not a theory, but a Biblical fact. Jesus warned in Matthew 12:36, “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” God will hold each individual accountable for every word spoken, even wasted idle words that could have been seasoned with grace to the edification (building up spiritually) of the hearer. Every word must be accounted for. God has lent to us our life. We are responsible for our body, our actions, our time and money, our attitude and how we spend each minute of our short earthly existence. We are all living on borrowed time from God.

And again in Proverbs 24:12, “If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works? I love that last Scripture! You cannot fool God! That is exactly what Proverbs 24:12 means. There are no juries in Heaven, because you don't need them, for God knows everything about everyone at all times. It is typical of our sinful human nature to be deceitful, play dumb, claim we were misunderstood, didn't know about a situation, had pure motives for a malicious deed and so forth. Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

People love to play games. Men are good at this. A man will subtly place his hand on another married woman's shoulder. If she says, “Excuse me, I'm married, please do not touch me.” Then he'll say, “Mame, you got the wrong idea.” This is why the Bible says in 1st Corinthians 7:1, “...It is good for a man not to touch a woman.” That's how an adulterous man tests the waters, by touching a woman. If she doesn't object, then he knows she is ok with it and you can be assured that he has every intention of touching her again and again and again! By sinful nature all men are sex pigs! Every man, if he is normal, has to struggle with a dirty mind. 1st Peter 2:11, “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.” God calls fleshly lusts “a war”!

Praise God for every virtuous Christian who, like the innocent Shulamite girl in Song of Solomon, tells the Devil's crowd, “No, you cannot have me, I am betrothed to my true love, Jesus Christ!” That's what Song of Solomon portrays, that is, the Devil (Solomon) trying to seduce the pure Christian (the Shulamite girl). But she refuses Solomon's advances and says that she is betrothed (engaged) to her shepherd boy (Jesus Christ). Solomon had 1,000 lovers, but probably never had one true love! You can spend your life living (surviving) in the pleasures of sin, but you'll never know the sweet peace, security and joy of walking in the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ, our one true love! Whew! God is good!

God cares about little things. I cannot stress enough the importance of little things, because little things influence big things. That one bit of bad advice you give to someone could end their marriage, or cause them to stop coming to church or get killed. I remember a woman in church who told another woman, who was having a hard time in her marriage, to call the police on her husband. That couple never came back to that church again. One woman's meddling mouth drove a couple out of church. What kind of mouth do you have? Do you have a gossiping mouth? Do you have a big mouth? Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”

God is going to hold us all accountable for every word that leaves our mouth. Actor Bill Cosby is correct when he says that words are like bullets, that is, you cannot take them back! We are all guilty of speaking words that we wish we could take back. God never remembers anything, because He never forgets. Some Christians errantly think they wont have to give account to God for the BAD THINGS done in their body, but the Bible says we will. 2nd Corinthians 5:10, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”

Proverbs 15:3, “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” Notice that God sees THE GOOD as much as the bad. Most people only think that God monitors the bad things that they do, but God keeps track of the good just as much. Of course, if you're not a born-again Christian, then God rejects any good works you do, because God hates self-righteousness. Isaiah 64:6, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” There is nothing hidden from God. Psalms 44:20-21, “If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god; Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.” Hebrews 4:13, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”

We all have to give account in eternity for every thought, every unkind word, every slander, every gossiping word (whether spoken or typed), every second wasted, every dirty show watched, every lustful thought, every hateful thought, every grudge, every deed. No one is going to get away with anything. Has anyone ever hurt your feeling and you were so hurt that you wanted to teach them a lesson and fix them real good? That's a normal human feeling. But the Bible commands us to leave vengeance to God (Romans 12:19). Do you mean Brother Dave that God will avenge me even if someone hurts my feelings? Oh yes! God must avenge all wrong doing. If you were so angry that you thought to harm someone because they hurt your feelings, but then you let it go because you're trusting God to avenge you, then God absolutely must address the matter in eternity, because His honor and integrity are at stake. God doesn't dismiss seemingly insignificant things as men do. God sees all, remembers all and will judge all.

So rest assure in the little things that people do which may bother or irritate you from day-to-day, because God sees even the smallest of infractions, insults, people games, gossip, deceit, hypocrisy and malicious activities that people do. If you knew that another child was doing something seemingly subtle, but it was really bothering your child, would you let it go or not take the matter seriously? I'd make it my top priority! You'd have a fight on your hands! That's my child! Do you think a holy God is less righteous to watch over His children and defend their honor and feelings than we who are unholy sinners? Let's see what God thinks about anyone who messes with His child... Matthew 18:6, “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”

Does Matthew 25:24-30 Apply To The Saved Or Unsaved?

Matthew 25:24-30, “Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

I admit that this is an obscure passage of Scripture to interpret. From one perspective it seems to apply to the unsaved, since the unfaithful servant in Verse 30 is cast into outer darkness, where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Yet, other servants in previous verses are rewarded, which can only apply to Christian saints. Confused? So are many Bible students.

I have a classic Verse-By-Verse Commentary by Evangelist John R. Rice (1895-1980) of the book of Matthew, which offers these helpful words:

The Parable Of The Talents
This passage should properly be considered along with Luke 19:11-27, where Jesus gives a similar parable. That parable was spoken first on the road approaching Jerusalem (Luke 19:28), a few days before. This parable of the talents is spoken later in Jerusalem. In the Luke parable, we find pounds mentioned instead of talents. Ten pounds were given to ten servants, one each. There, however, only three are mentioned in particular: two are promised a good reward, with commendation, as here, and one unfaithful servant is condemned.

SOURCE: “Matthew: The King Of The Jews” (Verse-By-Verse Commentary), by Evangelist John R. Rice, p. 409; Sword Of The Lord, copyright 1955

And then Dr. Rice says this on page 413:
Both Saved And Lost Warned About Accountability To God
It is noticeable here in this particular case Jesus does not make a distinction between salvation and rewards. We know that salvation is wholly of grace, “Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Eph. 2:9), and “that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). But that is not the special truth that Jesus is teaching here. He is teaching accountability to God. However, it is obvious that the men who received the five talents and the two talents, and by loving industry doubled them, represent saved men who work for Christ. The fact that they appropriated the gifts of God, claimed Him as Lord willingly, tried to do His will, brought their fruits back to Him with rejoicing, indicates that they represent saved people. On the other hand, the man who had one talent “went and digged in the earth, and hid his Lord's money” (vs. 18). Verse 24 shows that the one-talent man in this case had no love for his master, no confidence in him, no surrender to his will. This is not a picture of a saved man.
SOURCE: “Matthew: The King Of The Jews” (Verse-By-Verse Commentary), by Evangelist John R. Rice, p. 413; Sword Of The Lord, copyright 1955
I fully agree with Dr. Rice that Jesus is not speaking about salvation in this passage, He is speaking about accountability for the saved and the lost.
The Wicked And Slothful Servant
Consider the judgment of the unfaithful servant. His charges against the master in verses 24 and 25 show his wicked heart. This represents the attitude of unsaved people toward Christ. Hating Him, they accuse Him. Satan always teaches man that God is unjust, that God requires more than is right, that it does not pay to serve the Lord.
SOURCE: “Matthew: The King Of The Jews” (Verse-By-Verse Commentary), by Evangelist John R. Rice, p. 415; Sword Of The Lord, copyright 1955
So we see that this passage from Matthew 25:24-30 applies to both the lost and the saved, depending on whom the shoe fits. The purpose of this parable is accountability. Even the unsaved person has been entrusted with the gift of life. God gives every man a measure of faith (Romans 12:3). You can put that faith in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, or you can put that faith in man's religion or yourself. Even the unsaved person will be held accountable by God, their Creator, for all that has been entrusted to them. This is what Jesus is teaching in Matthew 25:24-30. All humanity will be held accountable to God.
Every unsaved person must give account to God in eternity (Revelation 20:11-15), just as the saved do (2nd Corinthians 5:9-11). We are all a part of God's creation and we are His creatures. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Pastor Curtis Hutson (1934-1995) and Dr. John R. Rice (1895-1980)

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