walk in the word
Category: God’s Word
For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God . . . So then, each one of us will give an account of himself to God.” Romans 14:10, 12
Question: Does the Bible speak to every single decision that a Christian needs to make? Answer: No. But let’s be clear—God’s Word does tell us how to live. 2 Peter 1:3 says that “God has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness.”
God’s input is less like a recipe and more like a guideline. While God does get specific in some areas like, “don’t lie, don’t cheat people, etc,” more often He operates in principles like, “Do you have My heart in this decision? “Do you understand why this will work out so much better for you?”
This week on the broadcast we’re looking at eight principles that help us build a lifestyle that pleases God (Ephesians 5:10). Today, I want to focus on the principle found in Romans 14:10 that we should “live in light of the judgment seat of Christ.”
What does that mean?—simply that in like fifteen minutes each of us are going to stand before the Lord and be required to give an account of our life. That phrase, the judgment seat, called other places the bema, is God’s bar of justice.
But I thought all of my sins were forgiven? Yes, the believer in Christ Jesus does not need to fear punishment at this judgment, but God will still hold us accountable for our thoughts and actions. This reality is intended to spur us to righteous living. Will I be rewarded for what I did today because it brought God glory or will today be a day of lost opportunity and lost reward? The judgment seat of Christ is a very serious thing.
Romans 14:10 gives specific application to this principle. “You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.”
For illustration, picture you and a friend on a conveyor belt headed toward God’s throne room. Every day you move closer, closer, closer. So Romans 14:10 asks, if you’re getting closer to your appointment with God, why are you thinking about your brother’s sin and not your own? How crazy to be minutes away from your life’s review and you’re confronting some guy ahead of you on the conveyor belt instead of recognizing the seriousness of your own accountability to God.
The principle that I commend to you today is to live a life you will be proud of at the judgment seat of Christ. The decisions you make today matter—they really do. Let this reality spur you on to righteous living in anticipation of your appointment with God.
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