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The First of Seven Great Judgments
The Judgment Seat of Christ is the first of seven great judgments that will occur. And for the believer, it’s the most important. Why? Because at this judgment, all church-age believers will appear before Christ to give an account of their lives for reward. Or, with many, no reward. Consider the following:
2 Corinthians 5:10 – For we (Paul includes himself) must (not optional) all appear before the judgment seat (bḗma) of Christ, (why) that each one (personal and individual) may receive (review and reward) the things done in the body, (review) according to what he has done, (reward) whether good or bad.
Some Things God Will Judge
These are some of the main areas that will be examined when we stand before the Lord:
• How we treat other believers (Matthew 10:41-42; Hebrews 6:10)
• How we employ our God-given talents and abilities (Matthew 25:14-29; Luke 19:11-26; 1 Corinthians 12:4, 7; 2 Timothy 1:6; 1 Peter 4:10)
• How we use our money (Matthew 6:1-4; 1 Timothy 6:17-19)
• How well we endure personal injustice and being mistreated (Matthew 5:11-12; Mark 10:29-30; Luke 6:27-28, 35; Romans 8:18; 2 Corinthians 4:17; 1 Peter 4:12-13)
• How we endure suffering and trials (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10)
• How we spend our time (Psalm 90:9-12; Ephesians 5:16; Colossians 4:5; 1 Peter 1:17)
• How we run the particular race God has given us (1 Corinthians 9:24; Philippians 2:16; 3:12-14; Hebrews 12:1)
• How effectively we control our fleshly appetites (1 Corinthians 9:25-27)
• How many souls we witness to and win for Christ (Daniel 12:3; 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20)
• How much the Rapture means to us and shapes our lives (2 Timothy 4:8)
• How faithful we are to God’s Word and God’s people (Acts 20:26-28; 2 Timothy 4:1-2; Hebrews 13:17; James 3:1; 1 Peter 5:1-2; 2 John 1:7-8)
• How hospitable we are to strangers (Matthew 25:35-36; Luke 14:12-14)
• How faithful we are in our vocations (Colossians 3:22-24)
• How we support others in ministry (Matthew 10:40-42)
• How we use our tongues (Matthew 12:36; James 3:1-12)
Are you ready to stand before the Lord and have your life judged by His standards? Because it will happen. There is no escape. And if not, what are you prepared to do about it? What changes are you willing to make in this life to be rewarded for in the next? But be warned, time is running out.
If you want to find out more about how to prepare yourself to face the Lord at the Judgment Seat of Christ, then keep listening.