Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What Will The REVIEW Actually Entail?

Yesterday, I asked the question, "Are you ready for the only review that matters?" In the end, every Christian will stand before Jesus and give an account for what we have done while we were alive, both good and bad (2 Cor. 5:10). We know it is not a judgment of condemnation, because the Bible tells us that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:1). So what exactly is it?

I said yesterday that it is a judgement of rewards. But let me explain that a bit more. I believe at that time, when we look our Savior in the eye, we will be judged on how we used our time, talents, resources, possessions, and gifts that He had given us. Will we be given a reward because we truly were storing up treasures in heaven (the good) or will we miss out on the rewards because we were too busy storing up our treasures on earth (the bad)?

In Matthew 6, Jesus contrasts those who do things to be noticed by other people and those that do them to be noticed by God. Jesus explains that if our motive is to be seen and accommodated by others, then our reward for that righteous act is simply the applause of man. We will have our reward in full. But if we want a greater reward, the Father would reward those who do things in secret, not wanting to be noticed by man (things like prayer, giving, deeds of righteousness, and fasting). And then Jesus hammers home His point:
"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matt. 6:20-21; see also Luke 6:35 & Matt. 10:41-42)
It is passages like this that make me think that while the Judgment Seat of Christ will not be condemnation, it will not necessarily be a pleasant place. I say that because of the reality of our selfishness and unwillingness to actually store up treasures in heaven. We too much want our treasures now. I would assume there will be shame, embarrassment, humiliation as a response to not receiving some rewards. I can only guess that we will have wished we would have taken things a bit more serious in our Christian lives when we stand before Jesus.

If we think we will feel that way someday, what is stopping us from doing something about it today? Why don't we live in light of that coming judgment of rewards? Why don't we stop investing all of our resources and time into things that are only going to burn up and start investing in those things that will produce kingdom rewards? Why don't we live for that great review when Jesus looks at us and hopefully says, "Well done, good and faithful servant." That's what I want, don't you?

Tomorrow, I will share my understanding of five different crowns that are talked about in the New Testament. Maybe they are the specific rewards that we will receive.

Question: What Is Stopping You From Investing In Eternity?

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