2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
There is a judgement coming upon all of us. Whether we are guilty in sin or innocent through the blood of Jesus, we will all appear before the Lord and be judged. The thought of this judgment should make us all be very careful as to whether or not we are in right standing with God. We definitely should approach this moment with a sense of fear and trembling. We are going to be judged according to what we have done, but also the intentions by which they were done.
There are many that live their lives with a sense of carelessness because they assume salvation is going to prevent this coming judgment upon their lives. Many will say they are not worried about such a judgment because salvation gives the free entrance to Heaven. Does that sound like a salvation experience that has established a relationship with Jesus Christ? Are you seriously going to have this kind of mindset and trust your salvation experience to push you through such a judgment. Keep in mind, your salvation experience, whether true or false will be judged as well.
God will judge the intention of the heart. That means the salvation experience will be judged by the intention and motive of the heart. It is absolutely vital we make our election and calling of God very sure. This is going to be a very intense experience. We will stand before the judge and our actions will be judged, our intentions will be judged, and our motives will be judged before the Lord.
Are we ready to be judged? Do we have anything outstanding that needs to be covered in confession and the blood of Jesus Christ? Please do not take this lightly.
Hebrews 9:27-28 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
An appointment is a prearranged meeting. When an appointment is set then it means that two parties have arranged a date and time in which they will meet. Appointments are really a blessing because we can prepare ourselves for what is coming. The appointments we set in life can be altered or changed. Throughout my life there have been times where I have had to reschedule appointments. There have been times where I have had to cancel appointments. However, there is an appointment that has been determined by God which cannot be rescheduled, canceled, or altered. It is an appointment with death and judgment.
We all have an appointment with death. Death is a reality that we are all going to have to experience at some point and time throughout our lives. The only way death will not be experienced is if Jesus decides to return and take us home. Either way, both events kind of send a sense of fear and trembling throughout our spirits. The thing about death is that it is a final appointment. All bets are off once it occurs. Once it happens we will immediately stand before God and face judgement. That means every one of us. Regardless of our spiritual condition we will stand before God. Regardless of what or how we believe we will stand before God. The appointment is inevitable and there is nothing we can do about it.
We have a tendency to live our lives as if death is never going to occur or as if we have been promised some allotted amount of time. It would be awesome if we would allow some reality to set in and start living as if our life could end at any moment, because it truly can end at any moment. Once death occurs there are no second chances, there are no negotiations, and there are no more opportunities to get things right. It is a final appointment that will determine whether we live forever for eternity in a place called hell or whether we live forever in a place called heaven. Make no mistake, every person will live forever in eternity.
This scripture teaches us to really make sure we make the most of each day of our lives. If there are goals to be achieved then start achieving them. If there are conversations that need to be had then start having them. If there are plans to be made then start making them. If there is time to be spent then start spending it. If there is a life to be lived then start living it. Once the appointed time of our death occurs we must realize that there are no more opportunities. It is important that we live our lives with no regrets and no reserves.
Seize the moment. Live life knowing that each moment is precious. Time is the one thing that does not give us refunds. Do not waste your life being lost. Do not waste your life being lukewarm. Do not waste your life being lazy. The pathway to hell is paved with a lot of good intentions. Please do not live as if this appointment does not exist.
What happens after a person dies? There are many opinions about life after death or even if there is life after death. However; the Bible teaches exactly what to expect when we die. We all need to realize that death and life are ordered by God and that we need to approach both with a sense of fear and trembling. Make no mistake, we all will stand before God and give an account of ourselves. I hope this week will help all of us approach life with a sense of urgency and purpose.
Have you ever considered the concept of Heaven? What can the Christian expect to experience when they cross over from the temporal to the eternal? The next few weeks we will discover a biblical view of Heaven. We want to see how Heaven is described, and what we can expect when we get there. Please spend time this week looking at a Biblical perspective of Heaven.