Did you know that Christians will one day be judged?
Don’t panic, this is not a judgment about whether or not we get into heaven. (Fact is, this judgment will actually take place in 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?
2 Corinthians 5:10 says, “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.”
The “bad” spoken of here 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.” It speaks of worthlessness. The wasting of one’s time, energy, and life in general. Is that what you’re doing with your life right now? Just wasting it on nothingness?
Jesus said, “If salt has lost it’s saltiness,what good is it?” Not much.
It’s like a coke that has lost its carbonation. Or a decaf, low-fat latte.Why bother?
The Bible speaks of how the quality of every man’s work will be tested: “Take particular care in picking out your building materials. Eventually there is going to be an inspection. If you use cheap or inferior materials, you’ll be found out. The inspection will be thorough and rigorous. You won’t get by with a thing. 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.