For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11 It is written:
“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will acknowledge God.’”
12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.
When an accountant organizes a persons finances they need every financial record, every pay-stub, and every receipt. They examine how much money is coming in, how much is being saved, and how much is being spent. In addition, they look at not just how much but where the money is going! How is it being saved? What kind of savings accounts? How is the money being spent? On what or who is it being spent? They are meticulous so that they can account for every little penny and so they can give the person an accurate report of whether or not their money is being handled appropriately.
How much different would our lives look if we lived in the full awareness that we will be examined, scrutinized and accounted for by God? How would our actions and behavior change? What about the way we manage our resources, our finances and our time? How would we be different if we lived according to the truth that we will one day give an account for every thought, word, and action? No doubt Jesus will even ask us to account for the words we withheld when a word was needed or the action we failed to take when we were the only ones who could have and should have taken action.
The truth is, God knows every little detail of our life. From the moment we are born until the moment we die God has every breath recorded. He has every second of time in his books and on that day of judgement when we stand before him, he will open those books and say “Account to me, the way you spent your life.”
This is a good time for me to point out something very important. This judgement is NOT a trial to see if you get into God’s kingdom. This account does not determine whether or not you “go to heaven or hell” but is an account of all who choose to follow Christ – to determine reward in Gods kingdom.
2 Corinthians 5:10
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
So now the question begs – How are you living your life?
Jesus called us out of this world to live lives contrary to the way the world lives. He called us to be disciples, to spread the news of his salvation and to make more disciples – Are you obeying?
Jesus taught us not to live in excess; to sell what we own and give to the poor; to be generous in our giving and to provide food and clothing for those in need – Are you obeying?
Jesus expects us to be people of love and forgiveness. He commands us to live radical lives, walking on the narrow path, shining the light for all to see – Are you obeying?
If you are not being obedient then you may want to do some serious self-reflection – Because on the day of Judgement, Jesus is going to ask “What did you do with all that I gave you?” and then what are you going to say?
“Well I bought a new boat! and a really sweet flat screen tv! Oh and I gave this guy on the street a couple dollars.”
Do you think Jesus will be impressed by this?
I can’t pretend to know exactly what will take place during this judgement or all the questions Jesus will ask but I am confident of one thing. This will be a moment in time where our eyes will be completely open and we will wish we had done more for the kingdom of God. All of us – even those who spent their lives laboring day and night doing Gods will – all of us will wish we had done more. Loved more. Gave more. Sacrificed more. It will be a real and sobering moment when we realize all of the opportunities we missed, the resources we squandered and the time we wasted on trivial, meaningless things that are passing away.
But it will also be a time of reward! Even in the midst of great sorrow over our short comings there will still be joy – Because our father will reward all who believe in Christ with eternal life. That alone is worth all the struggle, loss, pain and sacrifice we may experience in this world.
So in light of this revelation that we will all be held accountable for the way we live, I challenge you to re-evaluate your lives. I encourage you to focus on living for Gods kingdom – for things that are eternal. If we make this our focus then perhaps we won’t be so embarrassed to stand before our King on that day of judgement.