Are We Ready To Be Judged By God?
July 15, 2014
Yesterday one of our elderly relatives passed away from this earth as a result of a fall he’d taken a few weeks ago. The day before he fell, and though I didn’t know him real well or think of him very often, I was thinking of him that day, was extremely burdened for him, and was praying earnestly for him. Needless to say, we are all grieving… and death once again feels very real. This relative went to church all of his life, prayed, and claimed to love the Lord, so we trust he was truly saved. Even so, we grieve… and we grieve to know the wife and family are grief-stricken.
After-death judgement and eternal destinies always weigh heavy on my spirit when death happens, especially unexpectedly. Are each of us ready? Could we have done more for Christ, for our fellowman, for our loved ones..? When we ourselves die, are we ready to face God’s judgement of us, of our lives? Is our claim about loving Jesus a claim based on fact? Our obedience is key, no matter what any Bible teacher says to the contrary. (John 14:15 // 1 John 2:3,4) Our deeds, our thoughts, and our words will not only be factored in, they will be the basis on which we are judged by the Judge. (Mt. 5:28-30 & 12:36,37 & 13:41,42 // John 5:29) “For we will all stand before the Judgement Seat of God.” (Rom. 14:10) All of us will be “judged according to what we have done as recorded in the books.” (See Rev. 20:12)
2 Cor. 5:10 teaches the same: “For we must all appear before the Judgement Seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” God will judge men’s every secret (Rom. 2:16), as everything we have done, thought, and said will be uncovered before His eyes. (Heb. 4:13) Even the motives of our hearts will be exposed before Him for judgement. (1 Cor. 4:5) Everything will be tested with fire so that the worth of our lives will be revealed. (3:13) If we built correctly, then we will be granted eternal life. (Rom. 2:7) If we built selfishly, in laziness, and on falsehoods and other sin, we will reap condemnation. (v. 8 // Mark 13:36 // Luke 6:46-49)
“God ‘will give to each person according to what he has done.'” (Rom. 2:6) “Those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.” (Jesus’ warning in John 5:29)
This life is the training ground. There are no second chances after death. As Heb. 9:27 informs us, “It is appointed unto man to die once, and after that to face judgment.” Any of us can go at any time. Are we ready? Each of us? It’s not about saying, “Lord, Lord.” (Mt. 7:21) It’s about walking in the will of God (same verse) through obedience. (Heb. 5:9) To be ready is to be obeying God’s Word and Spirit. Let’s test ourselves (2 Cor. 13:5) while we still have time to improve.