“Then from his presence the hand was sent, and this writing was inscribed. And this is the writing that was inscribed: Mene, Mene, Tekel, and Parsin. This is the interpretation of the matter: Mene, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; Tekel, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting; Peres, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.” Daniel 5:24-28
“You have been found wanting”, not words anyone wants to hear especially a king. Yet I think most if not all of us have heard if not those exact words then something similar. Maybe you were trying out for a part in a play or a spot on the team and you just did not make the grade. You could have spent weeks working on a paper only to find out you received “C”. It could have been more personal. Maybe that special guy or girl rejected you for another. Whatever it was and whatever the reason we have all been found wanting at sometimes in our lives.
Just like king Belshazzar every one of us was found wanting in God’s eyes. We all fell short of the goal and we all are condemned to be eternally separated from God. Rather than leave us to our own devises God had a plan to get each of us back into a right relationship with Him. Jesus paid the price so that each of us would not be found wanting.
There is a catch though. You have to accept this free gift of salvation that God has provided each of us. While this free gift is available to all not all avail themselves of it. Some think they are not good enough to merit this gift from God. The fact is that none of are good enough and none of us can be good enough on our own. Fortunately God’s gift is not conditional on our goodness. In fact it is made knowing that we are not good enough.
Others however turn down this gift from God because they cannot get past the idea that they need saving. They look at their lives and think that they are good people and why would a loving God not allow good people into His presence? What they do not get is God does not measure our goodness based on our standards but on His standard. When we measure ourselves against a Holy God we will always be found wanting. Paul tells us that none of us are without sin and no sinner can stand before God unless their sins have already been atoned for.
When the final judgment comes we will all be judged. Some of us will be judged on the work of Jesus which covers our sins. The others will be judged on their own works. They will be found wanting.
Have a blessed day,