“We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” 2 Corinthians 5:10
This is our ultimate accountability. Let’s get ready. Let’s live with purpose. Let’s live in repentance. Let be aware, moment by moment, that right now counts forever. What we think, what we say, what we feel, what we do and don’t do — we matter. We matter to Christ. We will matter forever. And very soon we will “report in.”
This is solemnizing. This is dignifying. It is also encouraging.
What if, as you stand there before Christ your Judge on that great and final day, surrounded by all the redeemed, each one awaiting his or her moment before the Lord — what if, standing there before him, he asks, “Everyone, I want to know who among you appreciated this person’s ministry? Who would like to bear witness to how he helped you for my sake?” And no one says anything. Total silence. Awkward silence. Everyone is embarrassed. Everyone is thinking, “Would somebody please say something?” You are standing there wondering, “So my entire life comes down to this? What a failure I am!” But then one voice does break that terrible silence. The Lord himself stands and says, “Well, I appreciated his ministry!”
It’s an improbable scenario. But putting it like that does isolate the most urgent question of all. Is the approval of Jesus enough for you and for me? Do we love him enough, do we revere him enough, that his judgment is the one we’re living for?
We care what others think. We want to please them (1 Corinthians 10:33). But only one opinion will count finally and forever.
This post was originally published on The Gospel Coalition