Answers for Each Day - August 4
Your Calling to Judgment
One of the three ways in which we are called as believers, which we looked at in yesterday's devotional, is a call or summons to judgment. And frankly, the thought of it unsettles me.
In fact, when I read what the apostle Paul says about the judgment seat of Christ, it is very sobering. He tells us that someday we will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ and give an account for the works done in the body. In 2 Corinthians 5:11, he states this about that day,
Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men.
Think about that for a moment. Isn't that unsettling to you?
The apostle Paul who wrote the great majority of the New Testament, who walked the known world three times to establish churches and to preach the gospel where it had been previously unpreached, who gave his life, and according to church history, was even martyred for the cause of Christ, refers to the judgment seat of Christ as "the terror of the Lord."
Wow! That is just unnerving.
Someday I really want to hear, "Well done, good and faithful servant." I'm taking God's call seriously. Now, I am enjoying life to the max, but there is always that serious edge knowing that I am going to have to stand before Jesus someday.
My prayer for you today is that you, too, would take your call before the judgment seat of Christ seriously. Someday you will stand before our Lord and give an account of every part of your life.
May you hear, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
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