('musing' = a period of reflection or thought)
"My heart was hot within me, while I was musing, the fire burned: then I spoke with my tongue:"
#7: How will God judge His children one day?
"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)
The above text is clear that one day in the future we will all appear before the judgment seat of Jesus Christ. For the unsaved, they will be cast forever into hell and be forever be separated eternally from God. However, for the saved – those who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior – how will they be judged? The above verse is clear that each one of us will one day be judged based on our works – what we have done while living on this earth – whether good or bad. The principle of sowing and reaping will come into effect as it says: "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap" (Galatians 6:7). However, to be more specific, there are three specific areas that every child of God will be judged one day:
1. Upward: By how well we know Jesus and do His will
Before Jesus left the earth, He has instructed His disciples to abide in Him just as the branches abide in the vine (John 15:1-8). We need to be connected with Him intimately every moment of every day and do His will. It is possible that we can do many religious ministries without actually being connected to Jesus. It will be just superficial Christianity including attending church on Sunday, giving money to church, etc. It may even be even be mighty deeds including prophesying, casting out demons and doing many miracles in the name of Jesus. However, Jesus will cast these people away as they were “practicing lawlessness” as we read these words of Jesus: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Matthew 7:21-23)
2. Outward: By doing good to others
As God’s children, we are repeatedly instructed to do good to others. "But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased" (Hebrews 13:16). "For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister" (Hebrews 6:10). When we display our acts of love to other people, we can truly reflect as Christ’s disciples (John 13:34-35).
3. Inward: By being faithful with what God has entrusted us
Lastly, our Lord Jesus Christ expects us to be faithful stewards with what He has entrusted us. What do we have with us today that we can use for God’s kingdom? We have time, talent and treasures that God has given in our hands today. What He expects from us is that we will use each of them wisely for His glory and for the extension of His kingdom. Let’s recall the parable of the talents that Jesus spoke in Matthew 25, and remember the words that He spoke to both the servants who had used their talents wisely: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord’ (Matthew 25:23).