Words from the Heart for Monday February 12th, 2018
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 (NKJV)
Judgment Seat of Christ
As those who love and follow the Lord, we have a different attitude about our actions. Accountability matters before the Lord. We are the “work of His hands.” Thus we are accountable to Him for what we do with our lives. We do not live our lives to “get away with it.” Rather, we live to please our God. We will someday stand before Him to give account.
Sheilah Martin, a Montreal-born, Alberta-based judge, was recently named to take up a seat on the Supreme Court of Canada. When being interviewed for the position, through stories about her legal training, expertise and willingness to dissent or persevere in the face of threats or argumentative defense lawyers, she painted the portrait of a woman who is intellectually sharp and whose spine is strong. Martin, 60, holds a doctorate in law from University of Toronto and this past summer wrote two books on Quebec law.
Human beings have always wanted to live a life free from what many perceive to be the restraints that God puts on them. If they only recognized that God knows what is best for us, and when give our lives to Him and walk in righteousness, we avoid many of the pitfalls that so often bring pain and disappointment to people and families. The Bible teaches us that we are all accountable to our Creator, and there will come a day when all that we do will be presented before the great judge of the universe. 2 Corinthians 5:10 says, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due to us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” If we have repented of our sin and trusted Christ, we will not be condemned but will receive our reward. All who have not come to faith in Christ, however, those whose name is not found in the Book of Life, will be judged — and punished — according to their deeds. How wise are those who have come to faith in Jesus Christ and who have already had their sinful deeds atoned and washed away. Have you?
These have been words from the heart.