For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. 2 Corinthians 5:10
Please read and focus on 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10 one more time today. There is a judgment coming for believers. It is the judgment seat of Christ. We will not be judged for our sin. That was settled at the cross. But we will be judged on how saving faith impacted the way we lived. We will not be judged so much on our actions as we will be the motives behind those actions, choices, and lifestyle. Many believers live in a way that does not seem to grasp the gravity of this. They live as enemies of the cross (Philippians 3:18-19). While they are entrusted with the message of the cross, they betray that message by their lifestyle. They will be judged, as will we all. We have been given life in this world to make a difference for Jesus. Each of us has things that we will do today. What will be the motive behind what we do? That is what will be judged. Right things done for the wrong reasons will be considered evil whereas things done with a heart to please the Lord will be judged good, even if some here may think that those things are wrong (see 1 Corinthians 4:1-5). As we live delighting in the pleasure and presence of the Lord, we will live out a life pleasing to him, and the things that we do will be done for him and to bring him glory. Each of us believers will receive what is due us based upon how we lived bringing pleasure to God. This is not meant to drive us to legalism. It is meant to remind us that because of the presence of God in our lives right now we can live in a way that prepares us for our eternal time with him. We should each be living now in a way that reflects how we will live in eternity when we are swallowed up by life. We walk by faith. We walk in the light. We walk in the fullness of the presence of God as we await the return of our amazing Savior!