WHAT IF THERE REALLY IS A MILLENNIUM ?
And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
Most Christians say they believe that there really is a life, a real life beyond the grave. For many, it may just be a belief and not something that is really real to them. What do I mean by that? What I mean is that most people make all their plans for their life based on these few short years that we will live on this earth. Everything is aimed at being successful and having a good life here and now. But, if eternity is real, then most of us have our priorities way out of line. Most are using their resources and their talents in an unbalanced way if there really is a heaven, if there really is a millennial reign of Christ, if our quality of life in the kingdom actually does come from the stewardship of our talent and resources in this life. Don’t get me wrong, just being in the kingdom will be awesome. Everyone who comes to God by grace through faith will have an awesome eternal existence, but there will be different degrees and levels of blessing and rewards in His kingdom.
So how will the Christian be judged in the kingdom? Of course our sinful past is gone, permanently dealt with by Christ on the cross. What will be evaluated will be our stewardship, how we lived our lives and used our resources in regard to His kingdom. Did we use our God given skills only for this life now or did I invest my life in the kingdom of God. The works of a Christian will be evaluated, they will pass through the fire. Some of what we are will be consumed by the fire. What makes it through this purging will determine our eternal reward. What will that reward consist of? Only heaven will tell, but part of it will surely be our assignment in His coming kingdom.
What will be at the heart of the Judgement Seat of Christ? I think it will not only be what we did with our lives but why we did what we did. The motives and intentions of our heart are critical. The good news is that He sees it all. He sees the visits to the prisoners, praying for the sick in the hospitals, ministering to the widows and orphans, reaching out to the struggling at the rehab centers, and caring for the elderly. He sees it all and never forgets. The kingdom is almost here, I think it might be time to get busy.