Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Everyone of us here today are interested in "payday". Whether you are making $100,000.00 per year, waiting patiently for a social security retirement check, or if you get $25.00 a week for a part-time job. We all look forward to receiving what we have earned, we deserve it! This is a law of life. If a person works for another they are supposed to get payment for that work. That same law of payment applies in the spiritual realm. God also pays off! He pays in two ways:

Judgment is one of the biggest topics in the Scriptures. Paul warned a group of intellectuals on Mars Hill of the coming judgment. cf. Acts 17:30-31. Jesus said in Mt. 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." Solomon warned of living our lives as we please without regard for the things of God. cf. Eccl. 11:9. But God does not always wait until the end of life to pay off. We often face judgment right here. There is an old saying that says "a young man needs to sow his wild oats." However, there is an older saying found in Galatians 6:7, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for what - soever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." There is a payoff for sins both here and hereafter.

I. Calvary is a Picture of Judgment.

II. There is a Payday for the Christian.

III. There is a Payday for the Lost.

Conclusion: Payday is coming! Will you be ready? Are you saved today? Christian, are you serving Christ with your life today? Will you be surprised like the rich man in Luke 16 who woke up in hell crying "have mercy on me...for I am tormented in this flame"? Jesus paid it all...He took our place that we might go free! Do you need to come this morning?