If you say, “Behold, we did not know about this,” does not He who weighs hearts consider it? Does not the One who guards your life know? Will He not repay a man according to his deeds? (Proverbs 24:12)

A human being may not do a lot of things well, but we excel at making excuses. One man observed accurately,” The prisons are full of people who insist they are innocent!” And whenever we do anything wrong, we quickly point to someone else to blame or we describe a circumstance so we can say “See, I couldn’t help it.”

God is incredibly gracious and forgiving, but He’s not blind. He’s not like a kindly old grandfather who lets his grandchildren run wild with impunity. God knows how much we know, and He considers our grasp of situations when He evaluates culpability for our failures. Each of us will give an account of our choices and actions. Each of us will stand before a just and gracious God while He evaluates our behavior, and we’ll be rewarded based on truth and justice. In many cases, pleas to be excused because of ignorance will be discarded because God will say ” I gave you a conscience, but you disregarded it. I gave you the Scripture, but you didn’t read them. I gave you Christian friends but you spent time with other people instead. I gave you My Spirit, but you didn’t listen.”

The day of reckoning for Christians will be an evaluation of our deeds and motives as believers, not the judgment of heaven and hell. On the day of reckoning, each of us will give an account and no excuse will work. All of us want to hear Him say ” Well done, good and faithful servant. Each into the joy of your Master.” ( see Matthew 25:21-23)