It Makes A Difference How We Live
Read 2 Corinthians Chapter 5
2Co 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
As a young adult, I was taught that Christians would never have to face judgment. I was taught that only unbelievers would have to stand before God and be judged. This verse as well as some others proves that teaching to be false. In this passage, Paul is writing to Christians, not unbelievers. We will all appear before God and somehow go through a review of our lives. However, when we face Him, we will not experience the fear and dread which the unbeliever will endure. Our moment with Him will be partially an embarrassment and partially a surprise. There will be embarrassment over our misdeeds, but we won’t have to grieve over them. The embarrassment will give us a better understanding of how fortunate we are to be blessed with eternal life.
We do not know what it means that we receive what is due for the bad things we have done. From other scriptures, we can be sure that we will not suffer any harm, because Christ’s blood has already made atonement for us. If any of us are worried about punishment, we are worrying for nothing. There will be no punishment for those who are fellow-heirs with Christ. Nevertheless, we will give account for the bad deeds we have done.
Personally, I am not looking forward to that, but at the same time, I am not dreading it. When it is all said and done, our sins have all been forgiven. It will be a time when our love for God and His mercy will be extremely overwhelming. We will finally, all at once, truly understand how marvelous is the grace we are privileged to enjoy. We will finally understand that we are receiving the joy and eternal happiness which we were promised. The fruits of our faith, our trust that God would give us a better existence than the one we pursued, will then be a reality. It will be a glorious day.
But there will also be a pleasant surprise. We will find out how much we did which made a positive, eternal, effect on others. We will receive rewards for our good acts. We don’t know what that will entail, but we can be completely assured that it will be a good thing.
Our question for today is, “How should that affect how we live today and for the remainder of our lives?” If we are in our right minds, we will want to hasten the day when our occasional willful missteps no longer come about. We will desire to please our Savior all day long every day. We will shun any action which would tend to cause us personal embarrassment when we meet our Lord. It makes a difference how we live. We should wish to see our good deeds far outweigh our bad deeds. There is our goal from today forward. In closing, let us look at some other scripture verses on this subject.
Mt 10:42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is My disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.
Heb 9:27 Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.
1Pe 4:17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
1Jn 4:16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 17 In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like Him. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
Ecc 12:13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole └ duty┘ of man. 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.
Prayer: Lord, if we had to face You on our own, without the advocacy of Your Son, our fear would be unbearable. Thank You for the atonement of Christ!! Our love and thankfulness for You is so inadequate! Forgive us!