March 14-15. 2009
The Judgment of Believers

2 Corinthians 5:9-10

The judgment seat of Christ is probably not our primary consideration as we live our daily lives. However, we ought to give it some serious thought, because it could motivate us to live a life that pleases the Lord.

All believers will one day stand before Christ to be evaluated for who they are and what they have done. Jesus will reveal the hidden things of the heart, disclose every motive, and assess all our works for their eternal value (1 Cor. 4:5). Unlike earthly courts, this will not be a time for making a defense; we will have none. Instead, we will be in complete agreement with the Lord’s verdict.

God’s purpose in this judgment is to repay us for what we have done, whether good or bad (meaning worthless). The deeds which are good will receive a reward, but those that are worthless will not. The Lord will consider three issues in this judgment:

  1. How much truth did you know? 
  2. How many opportunities did He give to you? 
  3. What did you do with all that He entrusted to you? 

We will shed some tears of regret over lost opportunities to serve the Lord, but He will wipe them all away with His great love and forgiveness.

The certainty of our future judgment should affect the way we live now. If we are not careful, the busyness of our culture will steal our motivation to live for that which is of eternal importance. Let us adopt one ambition in lifeā€”to be pleasing to the Lord.

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