A Devotion Based on 1 Corinthians 3.1-15; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

There are not that many pastors preaching about judgment in their sermons these days. Different pastors have different reasons why they shy away from this subject. But it is clear that one of the main reasons is because no one is comfortable to remind, or to be reminded, that everyone will have to face the consequences of their actions. And when I said everyone, I meant everyone. Both Christ-followers and non-followers will have to face judgment.

But of course it is a different kind of judgment. Because of what Jesus has done on the cross, Christ followers will be judged differently than those who refuse to follow him as their God and Savior. We are and will be saved. That is God’s promise. That is His Good News.

However, there is another judgment, the judgement of accountability. We will go before the judgment seat of Christ and we will have to give an account regarding what we have done as the representative of His kingdom in this world. “Did you love the unlovable ones? Did you forgive the ones who have wronged you? What did you do with your talents, resources, and opportunities? Did you commit yourself to fulfill my Great Commandments and Great Commission?” The answers to these question will determine our authority and responsibility in God’s eternal new heaven and new earth.

Let me make this as clear as possible: God sees your deeds. He knows what you do in His name. God rejoices every time we act in faith and extend his love and mercy to the people around us. He sees every cent, every drop of blood, sweat, and tears. God takes into account everything you have given up to serve Him. And He has promised us that He will return these things tenfold. We all know that our God always keep His promise.

So do not stop doing great things in His name and for the glory of His kingdom. Keep seeking his will for our lives, for our church, for our families! Do not ever refrain yourselves from the fellowship of the saints – no matter how hard it is to make time for church and small groups. Go boldly to proclaim his love and forgiveness to those who oppose him and to the ones who have decided to ignore him. Always choose to forgive and to be generous. Lift up your voice in praise and adoration even when things are difficult. God sees every little thing you do for him. And he will reward you for these acts of sacrifice and faithfulness when we face him before his judgment seat.