The Judgment Seat of Christ

          Second Corinthians 5:10 is often used to scare people into confessing a faith in Christ or out of making foolish lifestyle choices. It says, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (NKJ). However, the context of this verse leans toward quite a different feel.

           Paul has just mentioned the fact that it will be absolutely fabulous and something to look forward to, to be present with the Lord. Because he knows that day is coming, he is moved to be sure his actions please God. In other words, Paul is looking to meet God on good terms. He’s not ignorant of the fact that the bad will be judged negatively, but the emphasis is on the rejoicing point that the good will be judged positively. Because of the terror that is possible, Paul is eager to persuade us to live a life that’s pleasing. The confidence comes by realizing we are “well known to God” and are “well known in [our] consciences” 2 Corinthians 5:11 (NKJ).  This being “well known” is also a positive thing. The mention of this is implying that God is well aware of how we are living to please Him and so He’s enthusiastic about rewarding us.

          So, the next time you think of the judgment seat of Christ, reflect upon the positive. Let it be a reminder to you of why you are living the clean, moral, upright life you are living. You’re on the podium for rewards, not punishments.

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©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.

~ by sanewriter on September 21, 2011.

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