1 COR. 3:13-15 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
Do you ever think about judgement day? For the lost it will be a day of final justice, the horrible ramifications of rejecting Christ and facing the consequences of your own sinfulness. But what about the Christian? What will he face on that great day? Christ was actually judged in our place, but our lives will be evaluated none the less. Paul called judgement day for the Christian, the judgement seat of Christ. This is not a judgement of condemnation but more of an evaluation of our life as a Christian. Our works will be reviewed, and as Paul said, they will pass through the fire. The worthless works will be burned up; wood, hay, and stubble. Our good works will be our reward and will determine our life in the kingdom of God. Our responsibility and our spiritual state will be the result of this judgement. The Fire Bible describes this incredible event.
“All of God’s people must be faithful and careful in their efforts to serve Christ and fulfill his purposes for their lives. This is especially so when handling God’s Word. That is because one day the quality of each person’s service will be put to the test, and their “work will be shown for what it is”. The Bible assures us that all who have accepted God’s forgiveness and have a personal relationship with Christ are free from God’s condemning judgment, eternal punishment and separation from God. However, there is still a future judgment for God’s people based on the degree of their faithfulness to God and the opportunities given to them during their life on earth. In that judgment, there is the possibility that a believer, although spiritually saved, may experience great loss.
The careless Christian is in danger of experiencing loss or damage through: a feeling of shame at Christ’s coming, loss of his or her life’s work for God, loss of glory and honor from God, loss of opportunity for service and authority in heaven, a low position in heaven; loss of rewards; and repayment for the wrong done to others. These passages should impress on us the need for complete dedication and self-sacrificing service to our Lord.”
Jonathan Edwards believed that each of us would stand before The Lord with our local pastor and give an account as to how we responded to his ministry, the pastor would give an account of how he pastored his flock. Thinking about these things now is sobering, encouraging, and spiritually healthy. Are you ready for life beyond the grave?