Rom.14:10-12 – But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
For it is written: “As I live, says the LORD, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.”
So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.
This is one of the most sobering passages of scripture for the Christian. This is not the Great White Throne judgement where multitudes are sentenced to an eternity of suffering. This is the Judgement Seat of Christ; the place where Christians lives are evaluated before the Lord and our works are burned up or rewarded. Thankfully, every one who is truly born again will never stand before the Great White Throne, it will be terrifying enough to have our lives evaluated before the Lord. I think the key factor in determining the value of our life and works depends on the motives of our heart. Doing the right things for the wrong reasons will prove to be a total waste. The things we have done in His Name, for His glory, to advance His kingdom will be our great reward. Here are some thoughts from John Piper on today’s verse.
“When Paul says in Romans 2:6, “[God] will render to each one according to his works,” he does not mean that works save us; but that works confirm that we are saved. Fruit does not make a tree good. Fruit shows that the tree is good. For the believer whose name is written in the book of life, the other books become books of confirmation, not book of condemnation. That does not mean that there will be more good works than bad works in the books for the believers. That certainly was not true of the thief on the cross. It means that there will be recorded there the kind of change that shows the reality of faith—the reality of regeneration. There will be enough evidences of grace that God will be able to make a public display of what is in the books to verify the born-again reality of those written in the book of life. No one is saved on the basis of his works. But everyone who is saved does new works. Not perfectly, but with humble longing for more holiness.”
So Paul is reminding us of the judgment that awaits all of us. Paul is telling us not to judge others when everyone will face the Judgement Seat of Christ on that great day. If these things are true we desperately need to be clothed with Christ.