“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”
—2 Corinthians 5:10 NKJV
Did you know that Christians will be judged one day?
Don’t panic, this is not a judgment about whether or not we get into Heaven. This is about the rewards you will receive.
Luke 14:14 says, “Then at the resurrection of the godly, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you” (NLT). And in Revelation 22:12, Jesus said, “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work (NKJV).
What exactly will be judged?
The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:10, “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” The “bad” spoken of is not something that is ethically or morally evil. The word for “bad” means “evil of another kind.” Another way to translate it is “good-for-nothingness.” Worthlessness. The wasting of one’s time, energy, and life. Are you wasting your life on nothingness?
It’s like a coke that has lost its carbonation. Or a decaf, low-fat latte. Why bother?
The quality of every man’s work will be tested: “Take particular care in picking your building materials. Eventually there is going to be an inspection. If your work passes inspection, fine; if it doesn’t, your part of the building will be torn out and started over. But you won’t be torn out; you’ll survive—but just barely” (1 Corinthians 3:12–15 MSG).
At the judgment seat of Christ, each of us will have to give an account of what we did with the life, gifts, and calling that God gave to us. So what are you not doing that you should be doing?
Let’s use the gifts, talents, and resources that God has given us to do His work while we still have the opportunity.
“We are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives.” —Philippians 3:20 NLTSaints and Sinners
“And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you, so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.” —1 Thessalonians 3:13 NKJVBond, James Bond
“God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important.” —1 Corinthians 1:28 NLT
When life brings us trouble, can we still find joy? That’s a question so many ask eventually. Monday on A NEW BEGINNING, Pastor Greg Laurie points to the Apostle Paul’s best counsel on happiness . . . words written while he himself was under house arrest. Good encouragement coming!All Sermons by Greg Laurie